Enhancing gender equality for women using person-centred care and cultural curiosity
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Evidence and practice    

Enhancing gender equality for women using person-centred care and cultural curiosity

Jadzia Moss Student in adult nursing, School of Nursing and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England
Stuart Roberts Senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To identify how gender can influence people’s experience of healthcare and their health outcomes

  • To consider strategies you could use in your practice to promote person-centred care for women

  • To understand the importance of recognising unconscious bias and developing cultural humility

Socially constructed gender norms influence people’s access to, and experience of, healthcare. Gender norms can negatively affect the health of women, men and people with other gender identities, such as transgender or non-binary individuals. Person-centred care and shared decision-making, which are widely recognised as essential aspects of healthcare, could be effective approaches for enhancing gender equality in healthcare for women. However, many women appear to receive suboptimal person-centred care. Additionally, there is a lack of representation of diverse gender identities in research, as well as a lack of awareness of diverse gender identities among nurses and other healthcare professionals. To enhance gender equality in healthcare for women, nurses and nursing students should be encouraged to reflect on their unconscious biases and adopt a stance of cultural curiosity, while organisations need to improve preregistration and post-registration training on equality and diversity.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2024.e12221

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

jadzmoss14@gmail.com

Conflict of interest

None declared

Moss J, Roberts S (2024) Enhancing gender equality for women using person-centred care and cultural curiosity. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2024.e12221

Published online: 29 January 2024

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