Building healthcare workers' confidence to work with same-sex parented families.

von Doussa, H, Power, J, McNair, R, Brown, Rhonda, Schofield, M, Perlesz, A, Pitts, M and Bickerdike, A 2016, Building healthcare workers' confidence to work with same-sex parented families., Health Promotion International, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 459-469, doi: 10.1093/heapro/dav010.

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Title Building healthcare workers' confidence to work with same-sex parented families.
Author(s) von Doussa, H
Power, J
McNair, R
Brown, RhondaORCID iD for Brown, Rhonda
Schofield, M
Perlesz, A
Pitts, M
Bickerdike, A
Journal name Health Promotion International
Volume number 31
Issue number 2
Start page 459
End page 469
Total pages 11
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Publication date 2016-06
ISSN 1460-2245
Keyword(s) cultural competency
cultural sensitivity training
lesbian and gay health
lesbian and gay parenting
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Health Policy & Services
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Health Care Sciences & Services
Summary This article reports on a qualitative study of barriers and access to healthcare for same-sex attracted parents and their children. Focus groups were held with same-sex attracted parents to explore their experiences with healthcare providers and identify barriers and facilitators to access. Parents reported experiencing uncomfortable or anxiety-provoking encounters with healthcare workers who struggled to adopt inclusive or appropriate language to engage their family. Parents valued healthcare workers who were able to be open and honest and comfortably ask questions about their relationships and family. A separate set of focus groups were held with mainstream healthcare workers to identity their experiences and concerns about delivering equitable and quality care for same-sex parented families. Healthcare workers reported lacking confidence to actively engage with same-sex attracted parents and their children. This lack of confidence related to workers' unfamiliarity with same-sex parents, or lesbian, gay and bisexual culture, and limited opportunities to gain information or training in this area. Workers were seeking training and resources that offered information about appropriate language and terminology as well as concrete strategies for engaging with same-sex parented families. For instance, workers suggested they would find it useful to have a set of 'door opening' questions they could utilize to ask clients about their sexuality, relationship status or family make-up. This article outlines a set of guidelines for healthcare providers for working with same-sex parented families which was a key outcome of this study.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/heapro/dav010
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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