Methods: Funded by the European Parliament, the training course was developed by a multidisciplinary team including LGBTI organisations as part of the Health4LGBTI Project. 110 healthcare professionals from diverse medical fields attended the pilot training in six European Member States. Knowledge and attitudes were compared on the basis of a pre-post evaluation design utilising an ad hoc questionnaire.
Results: Knowledge scores increased after the training, irrespective of age and sexual orientation of participants. Attitudes scores generally improved, particularly in terms of inclusivity and a greater acknowledgement of LGBTI health needs and self-competence.
Conclusion: The Health4LGBTI training course is both feasible and effective in training healthcare professionals and support staff to improve cultural competence and thereby promoting inclusive healthcare practice.
Practice Implications: The Health4LGBTI training course can be implemented in different healthcare contexts. Piloting of the course provided an opportunity for healthcare professionals and for support staff to improve their knowledge of, and attitudes towards, LGBTI people.
Bibliographical note© 2019 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license
- LGBTI health
- healthcare professionals
- inclusive attitudes
- health inequalities
- culutural competencies
- Health inequalities
- Healthcare professionals
- Doctor-patient relationship
- Inclusive attitudes
- Cultural competencies training