Special Issue "Health and Wellbeing in LGBT Populations"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Factors and Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Catherine Meads
Guest Editor
Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom
Interests: leading and managing systematic reviews and health technology assessments; systematic reviews in complex interventions; systematic reviews of devices and diagnostics; systematic reviews of prognosis, causality and health service delivery; health technology assessments incorporating a variety of systematic reviews with economic evaluations; sexual orientation and health
Prof. Jeffrey Grierson
Guest Editor
Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom
Interests: HIV/AIDS, particularly the lived experience of PLHIV; the relationship between PHLIV and clinicians and the wellbeing of PLHIV communities; sexuality and the dynamics of sexual communities; LGBT communities in developing countries; sexual health promotion; social drug use and drug-using communities; social network analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are organising a Special Issue on LGBT health and wellbeing in the MDPI journal Healthcare (impact factor 1.916 (2019)). This is an open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes original theoretical and empirical work in the interdisciplinary area of all aspects of medicine and healthcare research. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/healthcare.

Improving health, wellbeing, and healthcare experiences for sexual and gender minority people around the world is an important objective. By sexual and gender minority people we include lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, MSM, WSW, MSWM, WSMW, trans, non-binary, intersex, queer or other non-heterosexual and/or non-cisgender people of all ages and ethnicities. People from these groups can often suffer multiple disadvantages due to intersectional issues. Improving health and wellbeing is an important objective for all who aspire to reducing health inequities (inequalities that are considered preventable). It is important to understand the various factors that contribute to sexual and gender minority peoples’ mental and physical health and wellbeing, and the mediators and moderators of these relationships. This Special Issue welcomes original contributions of relevance to this area of research. We are particularly interested in areas where little previous research has been published. We will consider primary qualitative or quantitative research, secondary data analyses and systematic reviews. The listed keywords suggest some of the many other possibilities.

Prof. Catherine Meads
Prof. Jeffrey Grierson
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sexual orientation
  • gender identity
  • LGBT
  • intersectionality issues
  • wellbeing
  • physical health
  • mental health
  • trauma, grief and loss
  • behaviours and risks
  • social determinants
  • communities
  • health behaviour and health seeking
  • quality of life
  • resilience
  • empowerment
  • social justice
  • self-efficacy
  • lived experience
  • holistic approaches
  • health knowledge, attitudes, practice
  • health literacy
  • human and civil rights
  • health improvement
  • social inclusion and sense of community
  • social participation
  • community participation
  • mediators and moderators of health and wellbeing
  • education of health and social care professionals

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Long-Term Care Preferences and Sexual Orientation: Protocol for a Systematic Review
Healthcare 2020, 8(4), 572; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040572 - 18 Dec 2020
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Background: With increasing age, the health status of older individuals commonly deteriorates and their care needs greatly increase. Therefore, many individuals are in need for formal or informal long-term care. In order to plan suitable long-term care settings, it is important to know [...] Read more.
Background: With increasing age, the health status of older individuals commonly deteriorates and their care needs greatly increase. Therefore, many individuals are in need for formal or informal long-term care. In order to plan suitable long-term care settings, it is important to know the long-term care preferences of an ageing population (both heterosexuals and sexual minorities). The aim of this study is to systematically review the literature for evidence on preferences regarding long-term care and the potential differences with regard to sexual orientation. Methods and analysis: This study protocol for a systematic review is reported according to the PRISMA-P guidelines. A comprehensive search of published studies will be conducted using PubMed, Web of Science and PsycINFO bibliographic databases. Following predefined inclusion criteria, two authors will screen the titles and abstracts of the studies independently. Afterwards, we will obtain and screen full-text articles of eligible studies using the predefined inclusion criteria. Discrepancies will be resolved by consensus or consultation with a third researcher. Data will be extracted and synthesised. Extracted data will be categorised based on study design, type of long-term care preferences and the group (sexual orientation) which is addressed. The quality of reporting of the studies included will be assessed. Full article
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