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Palliative Care with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons 

Palliative Care with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons
Palliative Care with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons

Kathryn M. Smolinski

and Yvette Colón

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date: 17 May 2022

This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Social workers working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients need to understand both the patient's family of origin and family of choice and their respective relationships and patterns of communication with each other.

The psychosocial needs of LGBT patients and their caregivers in a palliative care setting may include issues of disclosure, privacy, and disenfranchised grief.

There are unique legal and financial considerations of LGBT patients that commonly arise in a palliative care setting.

LGBT individuals have higher risks of certain diseases, stress-related mental health problems, and substance abuse.

Health care and personal assistance services are more complex for persons who are transgender, and finding culturally sensitive health care providers is particularly difficult.

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