Dr. Acquaviva's text lauded as Book of the Year

January 18, 2018

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GW Nursing faculty members continue to serve as influential voices in the national health care community with Dr. Kimberly Acquaviva’s book, published last year, being lauded as Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing (AJN).

Every year, AJN awards first, second and third place to “exceptional texts for advancing healthcare quality” published in twenty different health care categories. Dr. Acquaviva’s book, "LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice," was awarded first place in the category of palliative care and hospice.

Dr. Acquaviva’s book provides strategies for physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and chaplains who want to better serve their LGBTQ patients and has been called “a groundbreaking roadmap to inclusive care delivery,” by Dr. Diane Meier, Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care.

"If I wanted to transform hospice and palliative care for LGBTQ people and their families, I would need to write an accessible book that would give physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, registered nurses, social workers, counselors and chaplains a common framework for providing inclusive care to all patients and families, not just those who are LGBTQ. So that’s the book I wrote," Dr. Acquaviva said.

Dr. Acquaviva also created an assessment tool that hospice and palliative care programs can use to audit their current policies and practices.  “The Assessment Tool for LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care,” is available  free for download