- September 10, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
People who identify as LGBT may have specific experiences, needs and preferences that health and social care professionals need to be aware of to provide the best possible care at the end of life. Current discussions of dying and death in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community need to go far just the disease, and describe the processes and issues faced differently by LGBT patients and caregivers. Through a review of existing literature, we discuss several key issues and processes at the end of life, including morbidity, mortality, decision making, and issues of mental health and coping, overlaid with concerns about stigma, discrimination and prejudice (actual and potential), and legal issues that can influence the care accessed and how it is provided.
- Formulate transgender health literacy by understanding the physical, psychological and social aspects of caring for transgender patients.
- Demonstrate respectful communication and care for transgender patients
- Employ skills that foster moving past assumptions and bias to provide whole-person care for transgender patients.
Ruth Thomson, DO, MBA, HMDC, FACOI, FAAHPM
Dr. Ruth Thomson is Medical Director of the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Dr Thomson is a triple board certified as well as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Ruth’s roles of ally to the LGBTQ community, and mother to a transgender son, give her an added passionate and personal perspective when advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion.