The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Healthcare

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This authoritative, state-of-the-art reference collection addresses the main issues and core debates related to gender and healthcare in one accessible volume. Mapping the field, and drawing together cutting-edge research on gender and healthcare, this essential guide to an area of increasing interest provides a critical overview of debates as well as practical guidance on how to bring gender perspectives to the heart of international health policy, practice and research.

Providing and integrated and context-sensitive approach that focuses on men's and women's health, actor-centred and institutional approaches to healthcare, as well as to the needs of service users and professionals, this comprehensive and innovative overview examines both the developed and developing world, and explores intersections between gender and a wide range of social inequalities.

Divided into five parts this panoramic survey covers

The gendering of healthcare and policy

The social patterning of health by gender

Equity and access to healthcare

The organization and delivery of healthcare

Health professions and gender

Offering an impressive range of international world class expertise and insight, each chapter includes a chapter summary and an overview of key reading, making this Handbook an invaluable companion for a wide range of academics, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Healthcare marks the coming of age of the rapidly growing field of gender and health. Providing detailed and nuanced analyses of different aspects of healthcare - equity, access, service delivery, the healthcare professions – this Handbook moves the field's boundaries farther and deeper. It will be difficult for anyone after this to look at healthcare without a gender lens. This is absolutely essential reading for all healthcare students and professionals.' - Professor Gita Sen, Indian Institute of Management, India

'This is a veritable treasure trove and an exemplary demonstration of how active editing can produce a Handbook accessible to practitioners and students alike. Our thinking about gender and health and about gender mainstreaming will never be the same again.' - Celia Davies, Professor Emerita, The Open University, UK

'This Handbook is a rich and impressive resource, ranging across continents and societies, and opening up fresh issues as well as surveying the field. The authors take us far beyond conventional ideas about sex differences, to explore the gender relations that affect disease, injury and well-being. New perspectives are opened on the gender regimes in health care organizations and health professions. This is a major asset for all concerned with medical interventions, health care and public policy.' - Professor Raewyn Connell, author of Gender: In World Perspective and Masculinities

'Kuhlmann and Annandale's outstanding edited collection brings together foremost international experts on gender and healthcare, providing definitive analyses of how gender links to a range of contemporary challenges facing healthcare. Researchers, students and policy makers will find this collection an essential resource.' - Professor Sara Arber,
Centre for Research on Ageing and Gender (CRAG), University of Surrey, UK

'In The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and Healthcare, leading scholars from around the world provide essential guidance and direction for steering gender into the mainstream of healthcare. It's an indispensable guidebook for health practitioners, managers, policy-makers and researchers alike.' - Dr Will Courtenay, Men's Health Consulting, Berkeley, California, USA

'The varied approaches and theoretical understandings described in the volume, constitute a very essential and helpful resource to those interested in bringing gender sensitivity into health care, and in particular to health-care professionals, researchers and policy makers.' - Berit Rostad, Faculty of Medicine, Trondheim, Norway

'This 'tour de force' of a handbook brings together the work of 48 authors in 26 chapters, clustered into 5 parts, topped and tailed by an easy to read and informative introduction and conclusion. Each chapter finishes with a useful bullet point summary and suggested further reading. Together the chapters blend theory and health care practices and bring alive the importance of embedding gender analysis and responses within different national and local contexts...In summary the handbook is informative, interesting and timely – it comes highly recommended.' - Perpsectives in Public Health

'...a very essential and helpful resource to those interested in bringing gender sensitivity into health care...adequately presented...The book is a 'must-have'; an equally indispensable handbook to health and social scientists, health professionals and policy makers.' - European Journal of Public Health

'By highlighting several cases of injustice and either providing us with country specific recommendations or an analysis of previous actions taken, this handbook is clearly intended to motivate political action.' - Science as Culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230230316
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

ELLEN KUHLMANN is Visiting Professor of Sociology, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath, UK. She has published widely in German, and her recent English publications include Modernising Health Care: Reinventing Professions, the State and the Public and Rethinking Professional Governance:International Direction in Healthcare.
ELLEN ANNANDALE is Reader in Sociology, University of Leicester, UK. She is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Social Science& Medicine. Her work focuses on the relationship between gender and health.  She is author of The Sociology of Health and Medicine and co-editor of five edited collections including New Connections: Towards a Gender Inclusive Approach to Women's and Men's Health. Her most recent book is Women's Health and SocialChange.

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Table of Contents

Figures viii

Tables ix

Boxes x

Notes on Contributors xi


Bringing Gender to the Heart of Health Policy, Practice and Research Ellen Kuhlmann Ellen Annandale 1

Part I Gendering Healthcare and Policy 19

1 Re-visiting Gender Justice in Health and Healthcare Sarah Payne Lesley Doyal 21

2 Gender Equality and International Health Policy Planning Shelly N. Abdool Claudia García-Moreno Avni Amin 36

3 Gender Equity and Health Sector Reforms in Low and Middle-income Countries Hilary Standing 56

4 Gender-sensitive Indicators for Healthcare Vivian Lin Helen L'Orange 72

5 Gender Assessment: European Health Research Policies Ineke Klinge 91

6 Gender and the Medicalization of Healthcare Susan E. Bell Anne E. Figert 107

Part II The Social Patterning of Health by Gender 123

7 Changing Gendered Patterns of Morbidity and Mortality Chloe E. Bird Martha E. Lang Patricia P. Rieker 125

8 Reproductive Regimes: Governing Gendered Bodies Elizabeth Ettorre Carol Kingdon 142

9 Coronary Heart Disease: Gendered Public Health Discourses Elianne Riska 158

10 Gender and Mental Health Joan Busfield 172

11 HIV/AIDS and Gender Leah Gilbert Terry-Ann Selikow 189

Part III Equity and Access to Healthcare 205

12 Gender and Help-seeking: Towards Gender-comparative Studies Kate Hunt Joy Adamson Paul Galdas 207

13 Gender Differences in Healthcare Utilization in Later Life Kakoli Roy Anoshua Chaudhuri 222

14 Men's Health and Well-being Toni Schofield 239

15 The Healthcare Needs of Gay and Lesbian Patients Jane Edwards 256

16 Mothers and Children: What Does Their Health Tell Us about Gender? Tulsi Patel 272

17 Gender, Health, Care and Place: Living in Rural and Remote Communities Ivy Lynn Bourgeault Rebecca Sutherns 287

Part IV Gendering the Organization and Delivery of Healthcare 303

18 The New Management of Healthcare: 'Rational' Performance and Gendered Actors Jim Barry Elisabeth Berg John Chandler 305

19 Old Age Care Policies: Gendering Institutional Arrangements across Countries Viola Burau Hildegard Theobald Robert H. Blank 321

20 Primary Prevention and Health Promotion: Towards Gender-Sensitive Interventions Petra Kolip 337

21 Gender and Maternal Healthcare Jane Sandall Cecilia Benoit Edwin van Teijlingen Sirpa Wrede Eugene Declercq Raymond De Vries 355

22 Women's Health Centres: Creating Spaces and Institutional Support Pat Armstrong 371

Part V The Professions as Catalyst of Gender-sensitive Healthcare 387

23 Women in the Medical Profession: International Trends Elianne Riska 389

24 Sex, Gender and Health: Developments in Medical Research Toine Lagro-Janssen 405

25 Gender Mainstreaming at the Cross-roads of Eastern-Western Healthcare Ling-fang Cheng Ellen Kuhlmann Ellen Annandale 421

26 Nursing: Globalization of a Female-gendered Profession Sirpa Wrede 437


Gender and Healthcare: The Future Ellen Annandale Ellen Kuhlmann 454

Index 470

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