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The living conditions and quality of life for older LGBTI people


Major surveys show that LGBTI people experience special challenges in life. However, we lack comprehensive knowledge about the living conditions challenges older lgbti persons experience.

The Norwegiean Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2022 therefore took the initiative for a project that will contribute to increased knowledge about the living conditions and quality of life for older LGBTI people in the Nordic countries, especially how LGBTI people are met by the public health and care services.

NIKK has been commissioned to:

Collect knowledge about how older LGBTI-persons are met by the public health and care services in the Nordic countries. Investigate the following areas:

  •  In health and care educations, what knowledge is part of the curriculum and among care workers and nurses and is there a need of more knowledge about LGBTI-persons?
  • What continuing education is available for employees in active service, regarding e.g. person-centred care and nursing, majority- and minority perspectives, especially related to gender identity and sexual orientation
  • What the research says about the need for knowledge in the LGBTI field among the staff in the health and care services in the Nordic countries?

The report “He went back into the closet” was published in December 2023 and is available here. In spring 2024, a report from the high-level meeting organised on the topic in Reykjavik in November 2023 will be published. NIKK is also planning a conference in Sweden with the National Board of Health and Welfare and the Public Health Agency of Sweden in May 2024.

Project timespan
2022-2023

Commissioned by
Nordic Council of Ministers

Contact
Elin Engström

Project budget
1 500 000 DKK