Developing a gender-based approach to chronic conditions and women’s health: a qualitative investigation of community-dwelling women and service provider perspectives

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DiGiacomo, Michelle, Green, Anna, Rodrigues, Emma, Mulligan, Kathryn and Davidson, Patricia M.. 2015. "Developing a gender-based approach to chronic conditions and women’s health: a qualitative investigation of community-dwelling women and service provider perspectives." BMC Women's Health. 15, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-015-0264-4
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Developing a gender-based approach to chronic conditions and women’s health: a qualitative investigation of community-dwelling women and service provider perspectives

ERA Journal ID13450
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDiGiacomo, Michelle (Author), Green, Anna (Author), Rodrigues, Emma (Author), Mulligan, Kathryn (Author) and Davidson, Patricia M. (Author)
Journal TitleBMC Women's Health
Journal Citation15, pp. 1-11
Article Number105
Number of Pages11
Year2015
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1472-6874
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-015-0264-4
Web Address (URL)https://bmcwomenshealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12905-015-0264-4
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Background: Chronic conditions contribute to over 70 % of Australia's total disease burden, and this is set to increase to 80 % by 2020. Women's greater longevity means that they are more likely than men to live with disability and have unique health concerns related to their gender based roles in society. Cultural and social issues can impact on women's health and are important to consider in health services planning and research. In this study, we aimed to identify barriers and facilitators to providing a gender-based approach to chronic conditions and women's health in an eastern metropolitan region of Australia. Methods: Focus groups were used to engage both community-dwelling women who had chronic conditions and relevant professional stakeholders in the target area. Recorded proceedings underwent thematic analysis. Results: Five focus groups were conducted with professional stakeholders and women community members in February and March 2014. Resultant themes included: women's disempowerment through interactions with health systems; social and economic constraints and caregiving roles act to exclude women from participating in self-care and society; and empowerment can be achieved through integrated models of care that facilitate voice and enable communication and engagement. Conclusions: This study underscores the importance of including perspectives of sex and gender in health care services planning. Tailoring services to socio-demographic and cultural groups is critical in promoting access to health care services. Unique epidemiological trends, particularly the ageing of women and new migrant groups, require particular attention.

KeywordsChronic disease; Gendered approach; Women's health
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420305. Health and community services
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Technology Sydney
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Australia
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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