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An essay about health professionals' attitudes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking healthcare for their children.
Scand J Caring Sci. 2012 Jun; 26(2):333-9.SJ

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 professional's 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.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University, Perth, WA, Australia. r.chapman@curtin.edu.auNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22077592

Citation

Chapman, Rose, et al. "An Essay About Health Professionals' Attitudes to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents Seeking Healthcare for Their Children." Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, vol. 26, no. 2, 2012, pp. 333-9.
Chapman R, Zappia T, Shields L. An essay about health professionals' attitudes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents seeking healthcare for their children. Scand J Caring Sci. 2012;26(2):333-9.
Chapman, R., Zappia, T., & Shields, L. (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), 333-9. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-6712.2011.00938.x
Chapman R, Zappia T, Shields L. An Essay About Health Professionals' Attitudes to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Parents Seeking Healthcare for Their Children. Scand J Caring Sci. 2012;26(2):333-9. PubMed PMID: 22077592.
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