UK: Study launched to improve LGBT end of life care

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A new study is being launched to examine the experiences of LGBT people as they approach the end of their lives.

The study, funded by Marie Curie and led by King’s College London, is looking to recruit people who identify as LGBT, and who are facing a life limiting illness.

Many LGBT people feel uncomfortable talking to their healthcare providers about their sexuality or gender history, which can lead to greater isolation in the late stages of life.

It is hoped that the study will help to improve the care that LGBT people receive when facing a life limiting illness (such as cancer, neurological conditions, heart, lung or liver disease).

People who identify as LGBT may experience discrimination from their healthcare providers, or may not feel confident to share their sexual identity, or gender history, with them.

The findings from the study will be used to develop leaflets and online information resources for patients, partners, friends, chosen or biological families and community groups to improve awareness of the care and support that is available to them.

GMFA, the gay men’s health charity, is a partner in the study.

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