Title

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's attitudes to end-of-life decision-making and advance care planning

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Hughes, M, Cartwright, C 2015, 'Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people's attitudes to end-of-life decision-making and advance care planning', Australasian Journal on Ageing, vol. 34, suppl. 2, pp. 39-43.

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Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Aim: To examine lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people's attitudes to advance care planning (ACP) options and alternative decision-making at the end of life.
Method: Three hundred and five LGBT people completed an online or paper-based questionnaire, comprising fixed-choice questions and open-ended questions.
Results: Most respondents, particularly those identifying as female or transgender, preferred a partner to be their alternative decision-maker at the end of life should the need arise. Fifty-two per cent of respondents had spoken to this person about their wishes. Regarding legal options enabling end-of-life decision-making, 29% had an enduring power of attorney, 18% an enduring guardian and 12% an advance care directive.
Conclusion: Despite the significance of ACP for promoting the rights of LGBT people at the end of life, the take-up of these options was nearly as low as for the general population. The potential for targeted strategies to increase the take-up of ACP is identified.