In January, a University of Minnesota School of Public Health study in Health Affairs found that 60 percent of middle-aged adult Americans (ages 40-65) think they are unlikely to need care, while in reality only 30 percent will not need care.
A new study from the School of Public Health shows that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults were more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to believe they’d need long-term care in the future. Prior to this study, little was known about how expectations around long-term care vary by sexual orientation.
The findings were published online in the American Journal of Public Health.
“These study findings could help policymakers better predict who is planning for future health care needs and who isn’t and to target educational campaigns effectively,” said Ms. Carrie Henning-Smith, lead author and PhD candidate in the School of Public Health. “They can also be used to estimate the unique care needs and planning behaviors of LGB adults.”