LGBT older people, care in older age and at the end of life care

Professor Kathryn Almack has led or collaborated on a number of research projects exploring and addressing the palliative end of life experiences and care needs for LGBT people, including three studies funded by the Marie Curie Research Programme.

Findings from Kathryn’s work have fed into a number of government consultations about inequalities in end of life care and been used to develop new resources for policy makers, health and social care professionals and carers. She has been involved in a number of consultations and action research projects with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and those who work with them, in collaboration with key end of life care organisations in the UK. Kathryn has a background in community development work and a firm commitment to put research into practice.

A full list of Professor Kathryn Almack's publications

Kathryn also has two edited collections forthcoming in this area of work:

ACCESSCare-B - Bereavement outcomes for LGB (lesbian, gay, or bisexual) and heterosexual bereaved partners: a population based, cross sectional mixed methods study.'

Funder: Marie Curie Research Programme

Team: Richard Harding (co-PI), Katherine Bristowe (co-PI), Kings College London, Michal King (CI), UCL; Kathryn Almack (CI), University of Hertfordshire

Research Associate: Liadh Timmins

Collaborators: Katherine Johnson, Wei Gao, Deokhee Yee, Billy Gazard, Alexandra Pitman

Research Questions

  • Is there a difference in bereavement outcomes between LGB and heterosexual bereaved partners?
  • How do needs, experiences, and access to bereavement services differ?

Methods: Population-based cross-sectional mixed-methods (retrospective post-bereavement survey; in-depth qualitative interviews) study of bereavement outcomes for LGB compared to heterosexual bereaved partners. Recruitment to this study starts May 2018.