Producing modelled estimates of the size of the LGB population of England
PHE ePoster Library. Roberts N. Sep 12, 2017; 186608; 157
Natasha Roberts
Natasha Roberts
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Abstract To assess health outcomes by sexual orientation, there is a need for a widely accepted national estimate of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) population in England. Data on sexual orientation are collected as part of a number of national general social surveys, obtaining robust estimates is problematic. The proportion of people self-identifying as LGB is influenced not only by underlying cultural factors, stigma associated with responses and legality, but also methodologically by survey population, sample size and survey methodology. No studies have used a systematic approach to identify and synthesise all relevant existing surveys and measurement tools to produce an aggregated estimate of LGB population for England.ObjectivesCritically review existing research, surveys and measurement tools that estimated the size of the LGB population of England. Propose a methodology for accurately and robustly estimating the size of this population.Produce a weighted synthesis of these national survey data results in a synthesised estimate of the LGB population of England, by socio-demographic and geographic variables. Informed by formal systematic review methods a search was performed using standardised search terms to trawl relevant databases and grey sources. A total of 22 relevant national surveys were identified which met the inclusion criteria and included a sexual orientation question. Individual survey estimates for people that identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or 'other' ranged from 0.90% [95%CI 0.40, 1.83] to 5.52% [95%CI 4.63, 6.56]. The final synthesis includes 15 surveys that represent the general adult population of England.
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