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Nurs Forum. 2012 Apr-Jun;47(2):123-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2011.00243.x.

Heterosexism and health care: a concept analysis.

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School of Nursing, Washburn University, Topeka, KS, USA. sarah.morrison@washburn.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The concept of heterosexism is used in a variety of ways in healthcare literature. The lack of consensus of the term makes identifying when and how it impacts the health care of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people difficult. A lack of clarity of the concept could also hinder effectiveness of education, awareness, and research tool development efforts.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this concept analysis is to offer a synthesized definition of the term heterosexism, including its relation to and distinction from related concepts like homophobia and heteronormativity.

METHODS:

The authors use Walker and Avant's eight-step concept analysis method: select a concept, determine the aim of analysis, identify all uses of the concept, determine defining attributes, construct a model case, construct additional cases, identify antecedents and consequences, and define empirical referents.

CONCLUSION:

The results of the analysis reveal focus areas for future research, tool development, and suggestions for improvements in nursing clinical practice.

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