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Views of Hospice and Palliative Care Among Younger and Older Sexually Diverse Women

Department of Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 80918, USA.
The American journal of hospice & palliative care (Impact Factor: 1.35). 12/2011; 29(6):455-61. DOI: 10.1177/1049909111429120
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ABSTRACT The aim of the present study was to explore end-of-life health care attitudes among younger and older sexually diverse women. Self-identified lesbian and heterosexual older women as well as lesbian and heterosexual middle-aged women were recruited. Results indicated that lesbian women held significantly more positive beliefs about hospice services and the role of alternative medicines in health care. No differences among sexual orientation were found for comfort discussing pain management but heterosexual women reported a significantly greater desire for life-sustaining treatments in the event of an incurable disease and severe life-limiting conditions (eg, feeding tube, life support, no brain response). Additionally, as expected, older women in this study held more positive beliefs about hospice and more comfort discussing pain management than middle-aged women.

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