Gender and access to healthcare in the UK: A critical interpretive synthesis of the literature

Ellen Annandale, Janet Harvey, Debbie Cavers, Mary Dixon-Woods

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Abstract

Because gender traditionally has been perceived as the preserve of women, gender-comparative research in access to healthcare has been rare. We report a critical interpretive synthesis of the relevant literature, and present the outline of a theoretically grounded framework for understanding gender issues in access to healthcare in the UK Our synthesis indicates access appears often to be relative, variable and contingent upon many factors and circumstances, one of which is gender Locating our analysis in the context of the new statutory Gender Equality Duty, we conclude that gender equality in healthcare is best fostered through what we term 'critical gender awareness'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-486
Number of pages24
JournalEvidence and Policy
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

Keywords

  • Access
  • Gender
  • Healthcare
  • Review

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