About the Book

LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice gives palliative care and hospice physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, social workers, counselors, and chaplains clear, actionable strategies to use in transforming care of all patients so that it’s truly LGBTQ-inclusive.


Anchored in the evidence, extensively referenced, and written in plain language, LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice & Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice will change the way readers approach their work with all patients and families, not just with those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, and/or questioning (LGBTQ). 


The book is published by Harrington Park Press and distributed by Columbia University Press.  

Three dimensional photograph of book. Title of the book is "LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Hospice and Palliative Care." The author of the book is Kimberly D. Acquaviva.  On the cover of the book, there is an endorsement contained within a gold circle. The endorsement reads, "A groundbreaking roadmap to inclusive care delivery." The author of the endorsement is Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care.

"LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care provides thoughtful guidance for healthcare practitioners to optimize care and best meet the needs of their seriously ill patients, partners and families.  Bravo to Kim Acquaviva for the comprehensive and high-quality book.  It’s a 'must read.'"

 - Amy Berman, Senior Program Officer, The John A. Hartford      Foundation

"A groundbreaking roadmap to inclusive care delivery."


- Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP, Director of the Center to         Advance Palliative Care

“Informative, comprehensive, helpful, accurate, and much needed among professionals working in palliative and hospice care. The author’s passion for and competence in the subject are evident throughout the book. I applaud the author’s choice and ability to present the content using plain language, which made material easy to read and assimilate.”  

- Renato Barucco, Coordinator of the Program for the Study of LGBT Health, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute

“This book provides an in-depth yet user-friendly cultural competency lesson that encompasses such important topics as terminology, historical context, family dynamics, physical histories, care planning, ethical and legal issues, spirituality, and institutional inclusiveness. All of these topics are essential to provide quality end-of-life care for LGBTQ patients, their spouses or partners, and families of origin/choice. The skills and competencies presented in this invaluable book extend beyond the hospice and palliative care provider and can serve as useful tools in all segments of the medical field, from the academic classroom and hospital diversity initiatives to home-health and long-term care settings.”

 - Sherrill Wayland, Manager of National Projects, SAGE (Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders)