An essay about health professionals' attitudes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking healthcare for their children

Chapman, Rose, Zappia, Tessie, and Shields, Linda (2012) An essay about health professionals' attitudes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking healthcare for their children. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, 26 (2). pp. 333-339.

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Abstract

Background: This paper is a polemic essay about an important but sometimes controversial subject. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) clients can be reluctant to reveal their sexual orientation to health professionals from whom they may be seeking health care for their children. Family-centred care (FCC), where care is planned around the whole family not just the individual child, is widely used across the world, but unless all aspects of the families who present for care are respected, care delivery is compromised. This is particularly important for minority groups and potentially vulnerable families such as LGBT.

Aim: This descriptive essay discusses the use of health services by LGBT parents, how seeking health care is influenced by perceived perceptions of LGBT people held by health professionals, and examines factors affecting such seeking of health care.

Discussion: We show that LGBT people may be unwilling to disclose sexual identity to health professionals when seeking health care for their children. Health professionals attitudes can be affected by factors such as gender, age, religious and political affiliations, education level and previous interactions with LGBT people.

Conclusion: We conclude our argument with the assertion that all parents, including those from minority groups such as LGBT, who bring their children for health care need supportive family-centred care, and only by ensuring that the health professionals delivering care are well educated about all aspects of sexuality will care be family-centred.

Item ID: 27616
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-6712
Keywords: attitudes, beliefs, sexuality, family-centred care
Funders: Nurses Memorial Trust of Western Australia
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2013 09:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 25%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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