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Qualitative study - other
Education needed to enhance inclusive, non-discriminatory nursing practice towards lesbian, gay and bisexual parents
  1. Linda Shields1,2,
  2. Oliver Burmeister3
  1. 1Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2School of Medicine, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  3. 3Faculty of Business, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Professor Linda Shields, Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW 2795, Australia; l.e.shields{at}

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Commentary on: Andersen AE, Moberg C, Bengtsson Tops A, et al. Lesbian, gay and bisexual parents' experiences of nurses' attitudes in child health care: a qualitative study. J Clin Nurs. 2017; 26:5065-5071. 

Implications for practice and research

  • There is a need to create education programmes to enhance communication with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people.

  • Research is needed regarding appropriate, respectful language for forms that do not discriminate against any client population.

  • Creative, sensitive ways to recruit participants from marginalised groups to prevent a skewed population because of sensitivities surrounding revealing belonging to a marginalised group should be devised.


Globally there has been a significant increase in societal acceptance of LGBTIQ couples. In many countries this has led to increases in same-sex parenting. However, healthcare practice has not kept pace with these changes, …

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