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LGBT Education for HealthCare Providers – Sweden September 20, 2009

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Second post about healthcare providers. More acknowledgment that nursing and medical students need education on LGBT individuals. This time, from Sweden.

Students’ Inadequate Knowledge about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons

Gerd Rondahl, Linköpings University

Abstract

Little consideration is given to personal relationships and sexuality issues in medical care education and little if any time is allocated to non-heterosexual aspects. The present study uses a descriptive, comparative design, and a modified version of the Knowledge about Homosexuality Questionnaire to investigate nursing and medical students’ knowledge on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons. The participants were students at a Swedish university in semester 6 of their education programs, and the response rate was 92% (n=124). The aim of the study was to look at the students’ access to knowledge concerning LGBT. Shortcomings in LGBT knowledge were seen in the student groups surveyed irrespective of education program, gender or religious belief. Accordingly, it is likely that heteronormativity will continue to project its undemocratic spirit in all communication, treatment and care if something is not done with immediate effect.

Submitted: September 25, 2008 · Accepted: March 18, 2009 · Published: April 1, 2009

Recommended Citation

Rondahl, Gerd (2009) “Students’ Inadequate Knowledge about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Persons,” International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship: Vol. 6 : Iss. 1, Article 11.
DOI: 10.2202/1548-923X.1718
Available at: http://www.bepress.com/ijnes/vol6/iss1/art11

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