Health-related quality of life inequalities by sexual orientation

Results from the Barcelona Health Interview Survey

Marc Marti-Pastor, Gloria Perez, Danielle German, Angels Pont, Olatz Garin, Jordi Alonso, Mercè Gotsens, Montse Ferrer

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Background Studies on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) inequalities according to sexual orientation are scarce. The aim of this study was to assess HRQoL inequalities between lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people and heterosexuals in the 2011 Barcelona population, to describe the extent to which sociodemographic characteristics, health-related behaviors, and chronic conditions could explain such inequalities, and to understand if they are sexual orientation inequities. Methods In the 2011 Barcelona Health Interview Survey 3277 adults answered the EQ-5D, which measures five dimensions of HRQoL summarized into a single utility index (1 = perfect health, 0 = death). To assess HRQoL differences by sexual orientation we constructed Tobit models for the EQ-5D index, and Poisson regression models for the EQ-5D dimensions. In both cases, nested models were constructed to assess the mediator role of selected variables. Results After adjusting by socio-demographic variables, the LGB group presented a significantly lower EQ-5D index than heterosexuals, and higher prevalence ratios of problems in physical EQ-5D dimensions among both genders: adjusted prevalence ratio (aPR) = 1.70 for mobility (p = 0.046) and 2.11 for usual activities (p = 0.019). Differences in mental dimensions were only observed among men: aPR = 3.15 for pain/discomfort (p = 0.003) and 2.49 for anxiety/ depression (p = 0.030). All these differences by sexual orientation disappeared after adding chronic conditions and health-related behaviors in the models. Conclusion The LGB population presented worse HRQoL than heterosexuals in the EQ-5D index and most dimensions. Chronic conditions, health-related behaviors and gender play a major role in explaining HRQoL differences by sexual orientation. These findings support the need of including sexual orientation into the global agenda of health inequities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0191334
JournalPLoS One
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
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Health Surveys
quality of life
Sexual Behavior
interviews
Quality of Life
Health
Interviews
Heterosexuality
sociodemographic characteristics
gender
anxiety
Sexual Minorities
pain
demographic statistics
death
Population
Anxiety
Demography
Depression
health behavior

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Health-related quality of life inequalities by sexual orientation : Results from the Barcelona Health Interview Survey. / Marti-Pastor, Marc; Perez, Gloria; German, Danielle; Pont, Angels; Garin, Olatz; Alonso, Jordi; Gotsens, Mercè; Ferrer, Montse.

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Marti-Pastor, Marc ; Perez, Gloria ; German, Danielle ; Pont, Angels ; Garin, Olatz ; Alonso, Jordi ; Gotsens, Mercè ; Ferrer, Montse. / Health-related quality of life inequalities by sexual orientation : Results from the Barcelona Health Interview Survey. In: PLoS One. 2018 ; Vol. 13, No. 1.
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