Education and practice developments: Addressing the psychosocial concerns and support needs of LGBT+ people

Michael Brown, Edward Mccann

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Abstract

Background
There has been recent interest in the unique healthcare needs and concerns of diverse groups from human rights, social inclusion and healthcare access and utilisation perspectives. However, the distinct psychosocial experiences and needs of LGBT+ people remains under-researched.

Aims
The aim of the study was to examine the experiences of people who identify as LGBT+ in relation to their distinct psychosocial support needs.

Design
An exploratory qualitative study.

Settings
Hospital and community mental health services.

Participants
A total of 20 people identifying as LGBT+ who had used mental health services participated in the study.

Methods
Data were collected using individual semi-structured interviews. Participants who consented to take part were recruited to the study and undertook an interview of between 45 and 60 min.

Results
Thematic analysis was utilised to systematically highlight the emerging themes within and across the participant interviews. The main themes were: social aspects and help-seeking; concerns around supports; psychological treatment options; and LGBT+ culturally competent services.

Conclusions
The study findings inform the discussion and the implications for nursing practice, education and research are presented.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNurse Education Today
Early online date07 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 07 Aug 2019

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