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Medicine, gender and disability : disabled women's health care encounter.

Thomas, Carol (2001) Medicine, gender and disability : disabled women's health care encounter. Health Care for Women International, 22 (3). pp. 245-262. ISSN 1096-4665

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Abstract

In this article I examine the intersection of gender and disability in the medical arena by considering disabled women's experiences of receiving health care in the United Kingdom. Drawing on the "social model of disability," I focus on the attitudes and practices of doctors. I use two sources of qualitative data: (i) 68 disabled women's narratives gathered in the United Kingdom in 1996?1997; (ii) interviews with 17 disabled women regarding their reproductive experiences in the United Kingdom. I suggest that disabled women health service users are at risk of experiencing oppressive medical practices because two forces of oppression appear to be frequently, and interactively, in play: patriarchy and disablism.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Health Care for Women International
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 13784
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 02 Oct 2008 11:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:21
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/13784

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