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October 21, 2009
» The health, social care and housing needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older people: a review of the literature

Hello,

I’ve just come across this journal article and want to pass it on to you. The authors are seeking to address an important gap in the evidence base. I do hope that work in this area continues.

Abstract

This paper reports the findings of a literature review of the health, social care and housing needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) adults undertaken in 2006 for the Welsh Assembly Government. Peer-reviewed literature was identified through database searches of BNI, PubMed, CINAHL, DARE, ASSIA and PsychInfo. Follow-up searches were conducted using references to key papers and journals as well as specific authors who had published key papers. A total of 187 papers or chapters were retrieved, of which 66 were included in the study; major themes were identified and the findings synthesised using a meta-narrative approach. The main themes that emerged from the review were isolation, health behaviours, mental health and sexual health behaviours. The literature indicates that the health, social care and housing needs of LGBT older people is influenced by a number of forms of discrimination which may impact upon the provision of, access to and take up of health, social care and housing services. Understanding of the health, social care and housing needs of older LGBT people is limited and research in this area is scarce. The research which exists has been criticised for using small samples and for tending to exclude participants from less affluent backgrounds. The focus of research tends to be on gay men and lesbians; consequently, the needs of bisexual and transgender people remain largely unknown. Additionally, research which does exist tends to focus on a narrow range of health issues, often related to the health needs of younger LGBT people. Discrimination in various forms has a major impact on needs and experiences, leading to marginalisation of LGBT people both in the provision of health and social care services and neglect of these groups in public health research.

Journal article

December 9, 2008
» Office for National Statistics will start to ask sexuality question in surveys

New question on sexual identity to be asked on ONS surveys

ONS has acted on a recommendation from the 2007 ONS-led review of equality data by introducing a new survey question on sexual identity.

The Office for National Statistics has announced it will start to ask a question about sexual orientation on surveys from next year. From January all major ONS surveys of people over 16, such as the labour force survey and the integrated household survey (IHS) will ask if they are straight, gay/lesbian, bisexual or other.Karen Dunnell, the head of the ONS, said “Better measurement of equality is essential, if we are properly to analyse, understand and address inequalities in society. The new survey question has been carefully designed through a programme of testing and consultation. Testing has shown that the vast majority of people are willing and able to answer the question.” From January all major ONS surveys of people over 16, such as the labour force survey and the integrated household survey (IHS) will ask if they are straight, gay/lesbian, bisexual or other. However, the decision to include a question on sexual orientation is not an indication that a similar question will be added to the 2011 Census. For questions on ONS surveys are voluntary, whereas the content of the Census must be approved by Parliament and it is compulsory to fill it out.

I have attached weblinks below.

News Release from ONS

Background to the study

ONS position on including such a question in the census

A much wider ONS-led review of equality data took place from June to September 2007 which may also be of interest:

Equality Review – A Summary