Gender and Health Care in the UK: Exploring the Stereotypes by Bernadette C. Hayes;Pauline M. Prior

By Bernadette C. Hayes;Pauline M. Prior

This paintings brings jointly an in depth exam of gender ameliorations within the wellbeing and fitness wishes of the united kingdom inhabitants. in most cases held assumptions and key debates are explored akin to: are older girls extra susceptible to disease than older men?; is being unmarried undesirable on your health?; and are ladies nonetheless the madder sex?. The textual content offers the updated empirical information about gendered wellbeing and fitness care intake within the united kingdom and the heritage wisdom essential to check wellbeing and fitness care wishes.

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1994). Mind or body? As previously explained, institution-based care may be divided into two main areas: treatment for physical illness and disability – often referred to as ‘general’ health care – and treatment for mental illness – usually referred to as ‘mental’ health care. 2). 2 shows a very simple trend. The population in mental health facilities formed less than one-third of the total population in health and social care facilities for most of the twentieth century, dropping steeply to under 10 per cent during the 1980s.

To add to the problem, the number of older people (particularly women) requiring long-term care was increasing rather than decreasing because of the ageing population and the increasing gender difference in life expectancy. In addition, the number of workingage women available to act as carers was starting to decrease, due to the increasing participation of women in employment and to changing views on the role of women in society. The job of unpaid and unrecognised ‘carer’ could no longer be taken for granted.

The final important fact to emerge from this brief analysis of census data is that, by the last decade of the twentieth century, the female population in institution-based care was almost completely concentrated in the physical care sector (93 per cent), while the imbalance was not so pronounced in the male population. The reasons for these very different patterns of service use among women and men form the basis for the discussion that follows in the remainder of the book. Summary • Women are much higher users of the continually expanding primary care service • The population in residential health and social care facilities is on the increase again, after a brief downturn during the 1970s • Women now form the vast majority of this population, though men were in the majority in the early decades of the twentieth century • Although the vast majority of men and women are now concentrated in the physical care sector or facilities catering for physical illness and disability, this is particularly the case among women Part II Stereotypes Fullfilled?

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