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UK project to improve communication between health workers and LGBT+ people

UK project to improve communication between health workers and LGBT+ people


LGBT+ people have poorer health than the straight, cis population.

Sadly, we have been hearing this for many years. Lesbian women and gay men are at higher risk of death from any cause, LGBT people are at higher risk of certain cancers, and are also at increased risk of life-limiting illnesses.

It is reasonable to assume that health and social care services would always be open to improving the health and wellbeing of all their patients. However, what if sometimes those services that should be supporting unwell people make LGBT+ individuals feel the opposite: unsupported, unwelcome and, in the worst of cases, excluded.

Unfortunately, recent reports, from the likes of Stonewall, the Government Equalities Office and a research team at King’s College London demonstrate that this is not far from the truth.

Across these projects, many LGBT people reported fears or experiences of discrimination, negative remarks, lacking understanding and heteronormativity when accessing healthcare services.

National study

That is exactly why the research team at King’s College London have launched a national study. They are seeking to understand, and ultimately improve, the experiences that LGBT+ people living with or affected by serious illness have with their health and social care professionals. The ACCESSCare C team are also interested in hearing from significant others

Findings will be used to produce guidance and education materials for health and social care professionals, to improve communication around sexual orientation, gender history and

If you would like to express an interest in participating in a one-off interview for the ACCESSCare C project, or if you have any questions, please email [email protected] or for more information visit