An examination of the experiences of the LGBT community in accessing and utilising health services in Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
(2013) An examination of the experiences of the LGBT community in accessing and utilising health services in Edinburgh and Aberdeen., no. 80.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community is a marginalised group that experience discrimination and inequalities in various areas of society. Research has shown that LGBT people experience homophobic attitudes, inappropriate advice and treatment as well as many other problems and barriers when accessing and utilising health services. There is a minimal amount of research that details the experiences of LGBT people when accessing and utilising health services in Scotland and how these experiences may differ in various cities. This dissertation looks at the kinds of experiences LGBT people in Aberdeen and Edinburgh have and the problems and barriers to access and utilisation they encounter. A mixed-methods approach was employed, using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews to gather data, and thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. The findings were organised in themes and the main areas of discussion centred around the disclosure of sexual orientation, attitudes of health care providers and the absence of transgender participants within the study. An assessment of the research findings raised some interesting questions which lead to suggestions and recommendations for further research.