Blogon Gender Diversity Issues
Currently,gender diversity has been given minimal consideration in thehealthcare sector. As such, the role of healthcare specialists inproviding services to the gender diverse community has been broughtunder examination by the community advocates and researchers. It isnot surprising that the ongoing research has been able to detectbroadening discernment and disadvantage experienced by both men andwomen and the LGBT (lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender)patients. Women leaders and managers are ambitious just like men,some are ready to make sacrificial changes in their personal lives totake up the top management jobs. However, they are not sure as towhether the corporate culture will be willing to support their goals.This is because they still face discrimination at securing employmentat healthcare facilities, with just only a small fraction of themhaving achieved some notable job improvements.
Likewise,women are also subjected to gender bias compared to male counterpartswhen receiving critical care at the hospitals. This may includeneglecting a woman`s complaint of having painful symptoms andperceiving them to be emotional causes rather than physical. Suchinequality is likely to lead to adverse outcomes marked by a highcomplication or mortality rate (Alspach, 2012). On the other hand,gender specific services have mostly existed to attend to women`shealthcare. For this reason, there should be no disparities in theprevalence of gender-specific health services. As such, the men`shealth as a specialty in the medical field is now being transformedas they seek to define the professional experience boundaries thatare unique to the mass of knowledge.
Similarly,the LGBT group is not spared either when it comes to receivingtreatment at a health clinic. The LGBT community is mostly vulnerableto acquiring sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS, andalso becoming preys of violence. For this reason, when they seekmedical attention, they face significant barriers to healthcare(ACOG, 2012). This takes into account the failure of most of thehealth insurance schemes to cover full or partial costs of mentalhealth services. The effects of receiving inadequate treatment arestunning as it translates to a large number of them attemptingsuicide or even subjecting their bodies to worse forms of harm e.g.self-mutilation (Koesteret al., 2013).
Itis of great importance for all individuals regardless of sexualorientation to acquire equal treatment at health centers. As such,health care providers should establish a welcoming environment forthe LGBT people seeking services that may encourage them to receivefuture medical care (Campbell, 2013). Similarly, to achieve genderequality in accessing health care, health care professionals shouldestablish plans that will aid in ensuring equal opportunity forunbiased patient care. Deviations from these policies will requirecomplete justification to make sure that each is applied as intendedwithout variances from subjective matters e.g. gender bias (Alspach,2012).
ACOG.(2012). Health Care for Lesbians and Bisexual Women.http://www.acog.org/Resources-And-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Health-Care-for-Lesbians-and-Bisexual-Women
Alspach,J. G. (2012). Is There Gender Bias in Critical Care?http://ccn.aacnjournals.org/content/32/6/8
Campbell,S. (2013). Sexual health needs and the LGBT community.http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/articles/86961146/sexual-health-needs-lgbt-community
Koester,K. A.,Collins, S. P.,Fuller, S. M.,Galindo, G. R.,Gibson, S., and Steward,W. T. (2013). SexualHealthcare Preferences among Gay and Bisexual Men: A QualitativeStudy in San Francisco, California