Healthcare, sexual practices, and cultural competence with LGBT elders

Tracy Davis, Amanda E. Sokan

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1 Scopus citations


Research on the health of LGBT elders is limited. However, we do know that LGBT older adults often have poorer health status as a result of a combination of factors including health challenges such as sexual orientation, gender identity issues, as well as a history of marginalization, prejudice, and the effects of non disclosure in health care encounters. Additionally, commonly held misconceptions regarding the sexual practices of older adults contribute to the poorer health outcomes experienced by some LGBT individuals. LGBT older adults, like others, are entitled to quality health care. This chapter introduces and discusses some of the major issues that affect the health of LGBT elders and explores opportunities to begin addressing these issues. Additionally, it reviews implications for improving service delivery from an interdisciplinary perspective and future research directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of LGBT Elders
Subtitle of host publicationAn Interdisciplinary Approach to Principles, Practices, and Policies
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783319036236
ISBN (Print)9783319036229
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural competence
  • Health disparities
  • Minority stress
  • Non-disclosure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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