Using human rights based approaches to conceptualise lesbian and bisexual women’s health inequalities

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dc.contributor.author Fish, Julie
dc.contributor.author Bewley, Susan
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-21T15:26:45Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-21T15:26:45Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Fish, J. and Bewley, S. (2010) Using human rights based approaches to conceptualise lesbian and bisexual women’s health inequalities. Health & Social Care in the Community, 18 (4) pp. 355-362. en
dc.identifier.issn 0966-0410
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/4757
dc.description.abstract This article makes a contribution to current debates in human rightsbased approaches to lesbian and bisexual (LB) women’s health. With reference to concepts embodied in the Yogyakarta Principles, it is proposed that the right to health includes access to health information, participation, equity, equality and non-discrimination. Specifically, the article examines how LB women’s health can be considered as a health inequality and discusses international developments to reduce disparities. Drawing on qualitative data collected in an online survey, the article reports on sexual minority women’s experiences of health-care. Participants were recruited via a purposive sampling strategy; questionnaires were completed by 6490 respondents of whom 5909 met the study criteria of residence in the UK, sexual orientation and completing the survey once. Analysis revealed four broad themes: heteronormativity in health-care; improving attitudes among healthcare professionals; equality in access; raising awareness and informed communities. The accounts highlight the centrality of human rights principles: fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy. The implications for healthcare policy and practice are discussed including ways to empower staff and service users with knowledge and skills and ensuring non-discrimination in health service delivery en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley Blackwell en
dc.subject access to health-care en
dc.subject health inequalities en
dc.subject human rights en
dc.subject sexual en
dc.title Using human rights based approaches to conceptualise lesbian and bisexual women’s health inequalities en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2524.2009.00902.x
dc.researchgroup Participation & Social Justice
dc.researchgroup Social Work
dc.researchgroup Reproduction Research Group
dc.researchgroup Health Policy
dc.researchgroup Mary Seacole Research Centre
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit
dc.peerreviewed Yes en
dc.ref2014.selected 1366719837_9910681008431_22_4


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