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Older lesbian and gay adults’ perceptions of barriers and facilitators to accessing health and aged care services in Australia

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posted on 2023-09-06, 07:02 authored by Beatrice AlbaBeatrice Alba, Anthony LyonsAnthony Lyons, Andrea WalingAndrea Waling, Victor Minichiello, M Hughes, Catherine Barrett, K Fredriksen-Goldsen, S Edmonds

Older lesbian and gay people can face considerable marginalisation, which may affect their perceptions and experiences of accessing health and aged care services. To inform strategies promoting accessibility, this study aimed to investigate perceived barriers and facilitators to health and aged care service access among older lesbian and gay adults. A sample of 752 cisgender lesbian women and gay men aged 60 years and older living in Australia responded to questions on a broad range of potential barriers and facilitators to service access. Several barriers and facilitators were commonly reported, with some differences between the women and the men. LGBTI inclusiveness was among commonly reported concerns. A majority of participants reported a lack of LGBTI-inclusive service providers and professionals as a barrier. A majority also reported a perceived lack of professionals adequately trained and competent to work with LGBTI individuals, with significantly more women than men indicating this as a barrier. Almost all participants indicated LGBTI-inclusive mainstream services as a facilitator for access. In all, inclusiveness appears to be a key issue for service access among older lesbian and gay people, which may need to be further addressed by service providers and policy makers for improving service accessibility.

Funding

This research was funded by the Australian Research Council under grant number LP160100221.

History

Publication Date

2020-08-05

Journal

Health and Social Care in the Community

Volume

29

Issue

4

Article Number

hsc.13125

Pagination

10p. (p. 918-927)

Publisher

Wiley

ISSN

0966-0410

Rights Statement

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Alba, B, Lyons, A, Waling, A, et al. Older lesbian and gay adults’ perceptions of barriers and facilitators to accessing health and aged care services in Australia. Health Soc Care Community. 2021; 29: 918–927, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13125. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions: https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/licensing/self-archiving.html. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation.

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