The Last Outing project

The research study “The Last Outing: Exploring end of life experiences and care needs in the lives of older LGBT people” has been funded by the Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme, and is led by Dr Kathryn Almack at the University of Nottingham. The project is funded under a call for research to explore ‘variations in end of life care’. While ‘end of life care’ is generally understood to be about care delivered to people in the last year of life, the project is also encompassing later life experiences and thinking about mortality – issues that may become more relevant as people age. The overall aim is to inform and influence policy to ensure that health and social care services adequately meet a diversity of needs and preferences.

The first phase of the project (the survey) is now well underway, but we are still looking to extend our contacts with both LGBT groups and non-specific LGBT groups across the UK, to publicise the survey to potential participants as widely as possible. We would again be very grateful if you could help in any way with getting information out about the project.

In the study itself we are capturing people’s experiences in two ways:

*   A survey of LGBT older people’s thoughts and experiences around end of life care (from not wanting to think about it through to planning one’s own end of life care and/or caring for some-one at the end of life) This is running throughout 2013.
*   In-depth interviews with a sub-sample of the survey respondents to explore issues coming out of the survey in greater depth.
We are still looking for participants who meet the following criteria and so who:

*   Currently live in the UK
*   Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans
*   Are aged 60 or over (or are aged under 60 but have a partner or a person for whom they care who identifies as LGB and/or T who is aged 60 or over)
More information about the study and the research team can be found at:www.nottingham.ac.uk/nmpresearch/lastouting<http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/nmpresearch/lastouting>

This website contains a link to the online version of the survey or we are more than happy to provide a hard copy of the survey for anyone wishing to participate but who does not have access to computer or who would prefer to work with a paper copy.

We still have postcards available, aimed at publicising the study to potential participants, so please let us know if there are places where you could distribute postcards and we can arrange to send these to you.  We wonder if you might also consider including something in any regular mailings you may send out.  Please email us at thelastouting@nottingham.ac.uk<mailto:thelastouting@nottingham.ac.uk>  if we can provide any more information.

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