The LGBT Hospice and Palliative Care Network’s mission is to improve the experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) patients in palliative care settings by promoting patient outreach, patient advocacy, education and research. In addition, we aim to provide a supportive infrastructure for faculty development among LGBT-identified palliative care providers. If you are interested in joining the LGBT Hospice and Palliative Care Network, click on Membership and Contact.
Even today, access to quality, compassionate palliative care for LGBT patients is adversely affected by discrimination and negative social attitudes. According to recent studies, this healthcare disparity results in increased rates of adverse health outcomes. Unfortunately, this disparity continues at the end-of-life. And, while an increasing number of studies indicate that LGBT individuals have a strong preference for palliative care, this population has trouble accessing quality end-of-life care.
Palliative care professions need a platform to communicate topics regarding LGBT-specific palliative care without negative social constraints. This website serves as a resource for professionals caring for LGBT patients.
Affiliation with The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM):
The LGBT Hospice and Palliative Care Network’s mission is consistent with AAHPM’s mission to expand access with quality end-of-life care to all, to promote education and research, to develop clinical practice standards, to create a supportive infrastructure for the growth of an inclusive and diverse palliative care workforce and finally to impact public policy by advocating for all patients. Like the AAHPM, we seek to expand the field and increase access to hospice and palliative care through increased awareness, quality care, education, scientific advancement and evidenced-based medicine.
The LGBT Hospice and Palliative Care Network will serve as a resource for AAHPM members interested in providing the best possible patient-focuses care for LGBT patients as their disease advances and through the time of death and bereavement.