The Health and Social Service Needs of Gay and Lesbian Elders and Their Families in Canada

The Health and Social Service Needs of Gay and Lesbian Elders and Their Families in Canada

The Health and Social Service Needs of Gay and Lesbian Elders and Their Families in Canada

The Health and Social Service Needs of Gay and Lesbian Elders and Their Families in Canadas

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Référence bibliographique [4987]

Brotman, Shari, Ryan, Bill et Cormier, Robert. 2003. «The Health and Social Service Needs of Gay and Lesbian Elders and Their Families in Canada ». The Gerontologist, vol. 43, no 2, p. 192-202.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
The « purpose was to gather information about the experiences and realities of gay and lesbian seniors and their families from across Canada in accessing a broad range of health and social services in the community, and to examine the role of health care and social service organizations in shaping access and service delivery. » (p. 192)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
« 32 people participated in all four focus groups [8 in Quebec, 6 in Nova Scotia, 9 in Location 1 (midsized center) in British Columbia, and 9 in Location 2 (large urban center)]. With the four focus groups, 7 participants were from gay and lesbian seniors groups (being seniors themselves), 9 were from gay and lesbian health organization, 3 were from voluntary mainstream organization (including caregiver groups), 8 were from public sector service delivery organizations or institutions, and 5 were from governmental policy bodies. Twenty-one were identified as gay or lesbian. » (p. 195)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien de groupe semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


« This article reports the findings of a study, undertaken in 2000, whose purpose was to gather information about the experiences and realities of gay and lesbian seniors and their families from across Canada in accessing a broad range of health and social services in the community, and to examine the role of health care and social service organizations in shaping access and service delivery. Design and Methods: This study used a qualitative exploratory design based on focus group interviews. Perspectives of older gay men and lesbians and their families involved in organizations addressing these issues, as well as professionals from both gay and lesbian health organizations and mainstream elder care organizations were sought. Results: Specific reference was made to the impact of discrimination on the health and access to health services of these populations. Issues relating to invisibility, historic and current barriers to care, and the nature of service options are identified. Implications: Recommendations for change are highlighted, including those related to best practice programs and policies in the long-term care sector. » (p. 192)