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Experiences of gay and lesbian patients with inflammatory bowel disease: a mixed methods study

Experiences of gay and lesbian patients with inflammatory bowel disease: a mixed methods study

Dibley, Lesley ORCID: 0000-0001-7964-7672, Norton, Christine, Schaub, Jason and Bassett, Paul (2014) Experiences of gay and lesbian patients with inflammatory bowel disease: a mixed methods study. Gastrointestinal Nursing, 12 (6). pp. 19-30. ISSN 1479-5248 (doi:https://doi.org/10.12968/gasn.2014.12.6.19)

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Abstract

Chronic illness research involving lesbian and gay people typically focuses on HIV/AIDS, cancer, and mental health. The authors extend the evidence with a two-phase mixed methods exploration of gay and lesbian people’s experiences with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), collecting demographic, disease history, and outness data from 50 community-based respondents and conducting 22 semi-structured interviews. Of the 12 key themes identified, 8 resonate with concerns reported in the heterosexual IBD population, while 4—sexual activity, receiving health care, IBD and lesbian and gay life, identity and coming out—are unique to this study population. The physical and practical aspects of IBD match those of the heterosexual community and can be managed similarly. Gay and bisexual men require precise information about sexual activity/restrictions, and staff should address the psychological needs of patients by enabling coming out and partner involvement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gay, Inflammatory bowel disease, Lesbian, Qualitative
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 14:59
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17357

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