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Gender matters in physiotherapy
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Section of Physiotherapy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9231-3594
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Section of Physiotherapy.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3334-1376
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, Psychiatry. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Section of Physiotherapy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2597-2466
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Section of Physiotherapy. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Section of Sustainable Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2402-562x
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2022 (English)In: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, ISSN 0959-3985, E-ISSN 1532-5040, Vol. 38, no 13, p. 2316-2329Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The World Health Organization states that gender has implications for health across the course of a person's life in terms of norms, roles and relations. It also has implications in rehabilitation. In this article, we argue the need of gender perspectives in the field of physiotherapy; gender matters and makes a difference in health and rehabilitation. We highlight a number of central areas where gender may be significant and give concrete examples of social gender aspects in physiotherapy practice and in diverse patient groups. We also discuss why it can be important to consider gender from an organizational perspective and how sociocultural norms and ideals relating to body, exercise and health are gendered. Further we present useful gender theories and conceptual frameworks. Finally, we outline future directions in terms of gender-sensitive intervention, physiotherapy education and a gendered application of the ICF model. We want to challenge physiotherapists and physiotherapy students to broaden knowledge and awareness of how gender may impact on physiotherapy, and how gender theory can serve as an analytical lens for a useful perspective on the development of clinical practice, education and research within physiotherapy.

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Taylor & Francis, 2022. Vol. 38, no 13, p. 2316-2329
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clinical practice, Gender, gender theory, physiotherapy, physiotherapy education, physiotherapy research
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Physiotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-187700DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2021.1970867ISI: 000692330800001PubMedID: 34470538Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85114352521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-187700DiVA, id: diva2:1596623
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Umeå UniversityAvailable from: 2021-09-23 Created: 2021-09-23 Last updated: 2022-11-28Bibliographically approved

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