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New book about LGBTQ-inclusive hospice care is relevant to all patients

Author: Dallas Pounds
27 July 2017

Dallas Pounds, Chief Executive at Royal Trinity Hospice in south London, reviews LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care, the new book by Dr Kimberly D. Acquaviva, professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing, and a leading authority on LGBTQ ageing and end of life issues.

This brand new book has a title which focuses on the care of those who identify as LGBTQ, but is completely relevant for all those we care for, whatever their characteristics or background, offering something for all professionals in hospice and palliative care. The passion and knowledge of the author shines through, as does the huge scope of her research and literature review. Being written and published in New York does not detract at all from what it can offer us in the UK.

Set over ten chapters with 220 pages of readable size print, Kimberly leads you, using a great conversational tone, through key areas of consideration, building from the individual perspective to the organisational. She acknowledges and draws on a wealth of research and user experience to provide evidence and examples throughout which brings the book additional resonance and warmth. We will all ‘recognise’ someone or a situation in here.

The book is both challenging and affirming, offering chances for personal reflection as well as practical activities and tools to consider. Each chapter has clear learning objectives, summaries, key points to remember and discussion questions. All key terms, words and phrases covered in the book are fully defined in a comprehensive glossary. I was hooked from chapter one where the author introduces us to CAMPERS, a mnemonic to assist us in remembering all the steps to consider to be really self-aware (Clear purpose, Attitudes and beliefs, Mitigation plan, Patient, Emotions, Reactions, Strategy) and one could argue a rather tongue in cheek one given the book’s focus?

Where the book covers specific LGBTQ issues and experiences this is done in a non-accusatory and helpful way. This book does not call for special LGBTQ services, nor does it make the case that LGBTQ people are special. It simply makes the case for all of us to recognise what inclusive care really means and consider how we may have to change our approach and that of our organisation to stop ‘treating everyone the same’, and if we can do that for LGBTQ people we can do that for all people.

I found this book to be staggeringly sensible and easy to read, I nodded and smiled my way through it.

I would highly recommend this joins your library, as an introduction and learning aid to inclusive practice, a refresher, or simply as a really affirming read.

For more information visit Harrington Park Press

To order the book from Amazon visit LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care

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