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Project estimating the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community will help address health and wellbeing needs

Posted on February 16th 2016

A PenCLAHRC project has received funding from Public Health England (PHE) to model the size of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) population in England.

PHE requires the information as it has repercussions for the effectiveness of health care provision to the LGB community, and in turn will contribute to fine tuning and improving that provision. A critical requirement for assessing health outcomes by sexual orientation is robust estimates of the size of the population in different sexual orientation groups.

This new project, led by Dr Kerryn Husk, will carry out an analysis of current work in this area. Using past expertise in assessing the size of particular groups in the wider community, Dr. Husk and his colleagues will then propose a method by which PHE can measure the size of the LGB population on an ongoing basis. They will also provide an estimate of the size of the current LGB population, including what proportion that population makes of the population of England as a whole.

Speaking of this project, Dr Husk said:

 “Both an accurate estimate of the current LBG population, together with a robust method to estimate the size of that population going forward, will help PHE to understand the effectiveness of health services provided to the LGB community compared with the rest of the population. This in turn will give PHE access to data which can be used to ensure that those health services are doing their job, as well as identify gaps in provision or areas where services may be better delivered.”

He added:

“This is the latest in a series of projects we have undertaken which focus on the measurement of populations for health purposes, and we are delighted to be working with PHE on this particular project.”

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