Event Title

Assessing Undergraduate Nursing Students' Knowledge, Attitudes and Cultural Competence in Caring for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Patients

Graduation Year

2013

Location

Room C101, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

20-4-2013 11:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2013 12:00 PM

Description

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients experience barriers to health care due to fear of discrimination or limited access to providers knowledgeable about the LGBT population. This study examines the effectiveness of an educational intervention conducted at Illinois Wesleyan University that aimed to improve knowledge level and attitudes of nursing students toward LGBT patients. The educational intervention focused on key terminology, health disparities, medical needs of transgender patients and culturally sensitive communication skills necessary for competent LGBT patient care. Knowledge level and attitudes were evaluated before and after the educational intervention using a survey based on the Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men Scale and a knowledge test developed by the researchers. The results of this study provide direction for future educational programs promoting cultural competence for healthcare providers regarding LGBT patients.

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Assessing Undergraduate Nursing Students' Knowledge, Attitudes and Cultural Competence in Caring for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Patients

Room C101, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients experience barriers to health care due to fear of discrimination or limited access to providers knowledgeable about the LGBT population. This study examines the effectiveness of an educational intervention conducted at Illinois Wesleyan University that aimed to improve knowledge level and attitudes of nursing students toward LGBT patients. The educational intervention focused on key terminology, health disparities, medical needs of transgender patients and culturally sensitive communication skills necessary for competent LGBT patient care. Knowledge level and attitudes were evaluated before and after the educational intervention using a survey based on the Attitudes Toward Lesbians and Gay Men Scale and a knowledge test developed by the researchers. The results of this study provide direction for future educational programs promoting cultural competence for healthcare providers regarding LGBT patients.