52. Conquering LGBTQ Challenges in Healthcare with Dr. Carey Candrian

Episode Summary

Relationships are determined by our preconceived notions, our prejudices, and the words we use to communicate. Often the difference between excellent and horrible care, and even whether it’s safe, comes down to how doctors and patients view and talk to each other. As is often the case, challenges in communication are greatest when the two people come from different backgrounds or when their life experiences are so different that it’s challenging for the healthcare provider to empathize. This is the case in the LGBTQ community, which is not well represented in medicine or medical education. Carey Candrian, PhD discusses how this plays out in the clinic, especially when it comes to the LGBTQ community and end-of-life care, and what you can do to make sure you’re getting the best possible care no matter the community with which you identify.

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Key Takeaways To Tune In For

  • [02:00] How Dr. Candrian got involved in this line of work
  • [03:25] People aren’t the problem, it’s the way they talk
  • [07:30] The difference between lesbian, gay, and queer 
  • [11:00] The importance of educating physicians in communications strategies
  • [11:45] Challenges people in the LGBTQ community have when communicating their relationships and health care needs 
  • [17:00] Barriers that exist in the medical field for the LGBTQ community
  • [21:15] 40%  of older LGBTQ adults haven’t come out, which can affect health outcomes
  • [23:15] Prejudice can’t be changed but structurally policies can, so all patients can openly and freely express what matters and who matters  
  • [25:45] Intake forms are not being addressed properly to include the LGBTQ community
  • [30:10] Bottom line is that this is a human rights issue
  • [31:15] Dr. Candrian’s parting words

Resources talked about in this episode

  • Guest social media – Dr. Candrian’s Twitter

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