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dc.contributor.authorFish, Julieen
dc.contributor.authorWilliamson, I. R.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-01T09:27:51Z
dc.date.available2016-07-01T09:27:51Z
dc.date.issued2016-04-20
dc.identifier.citationFish, J. and Williamson, I. (2016) Exploring lesbian, gay and bisexual patients’ accounts of their experiences of cancer care in the UK. European Journal of Cancer Care. Early view. DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12501.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/12221
dc.descriptionThe file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.en
dc.description.abstractDespite greater recognition of rights and responsibilities around the care of cancer patients who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) within healthcare systems in the United Kingdom, recent quantitative evidence suggests that they experience poorer care than heterosexual counterparts and qualitative findings are limited. Therefore, in the present study, we present an analysis of the accounts of fifteen British LGB cancer patients (diagnosed with different forms of the disease) of the care received. Data were collected through in-depth individual interviews and analysed using thematic analysis. Three of the emerging themes are discussed. These include an examination of what we conceptualise as the ‘awkward choreography around disclosure’ opportunities and dilemmas for LGB patients, we describe ‘making sense of sub-optimal care’ which included instances of overt discrimination but was more frequently manifested through microaggressions and heteronormative systems and practices, and explore accounts of ‘alienation from usual psychosocial cancer support’. We employ Meyer’s Minority Stress Theory (2003) as a lens to interrogate the data and explore the ways in which actual or anticipated prejudice affected their experiences of treatment and support. We close with recommendations to enhance LGB-affirmative cancer care including enhanced training of healthcare professionals and explicit articulation of institutional commitment to LGB equality.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.subjectcanceren
dc.subjectsupportive careen
dc.subjectsexual orientationen
dc.subjectpatient experienceen
dc.subjectminority stressen
dc.subjectqualitativeen
dc.titleExploring lesbian, gay and bisexual patients’ accounts of their experiences of cancer care in the UKen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12501
dc.researchgroupCentre for LGBTQ Researchen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.funderHope Against Canceren
dc.projectidN/Aen
dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NC-NDen
dc.date.acceptance2016-03-10en
dc.researchinstituteInstitute for Psychological Scienceen
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Health, Health Policy and Social Careen


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