National LGBT Health Education Center Modules: Caring for LGBT Older Adults

Date of Review: June, 2019

This resource is an online educational module by the National LGBT Health Education Center about Caring for LGBT Older Adults. This is an online module that addresses the current social; medical; psychological concerns that uniquely affect the LGBT older adult population. The skills needed to take an appropriate history; and determine and population specific healthcare needs is described with attention around social and historical discrimination and disparities; challenges with long-term care as well as health decision-maker rights. Given the lack of access to services and the need for social and financial support; community resources for older populations is detailed. This module concludes with effective communication skills and ways to create an inclusive environment throughout the clinic both structurally and through inclusive instructions with respectful staff. There are two versions of this material available, one is a slide set that can be downloaded and also an interactive version with short quizzes; definitions and includes a notes section with detailed explanations. The interactive online module is timed and must be completed sequentially and questions answered to continue throughout module. Given the structure of the interactive module, it can easily be completed asynchronously and can be used by clinical health professional students in their pre-clinical years. This can be integrated into any health equity, diversity, geriatrics, primary care, LGBTQ or social medicine curriculum and in addition to being a self-contained module contains an annotated reference list to support faculty and students using this resource. This module is one of many free education modules addressing LGBT health and serves as a helpful introduction to basic concepts in clinical care for older LGBTQ people. Note: you must create a free account on the National LGBT Health Education website in order to access these materials. –Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, NCEAS

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Fenway Institute

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