FutureGEN systematic review on SSM: Population Health: is there THE method to study intersectionality in health?



FutureGEN has just published its first peer-reviewed article on ‘Systematic review of methods used to study the intersecting impact of sex and social locations on health outcomes’ in SSM Population Health. The article is Open Access and you can read it here.

There is broad recognition that health outcomes are shaped both by individual and group characteristics such as sex, race, socio-economic status. Including categories that go beyond, for example, women and men to locate individuals at the intersections of social circumstances (e.g. Black woman) has been the focus of much theory and commentary. There is much less actual intersectional analysis although authors sometimes suggest that theirs is THE method. At the same time, social epidemiologists often study both within-category and across-category differences in health outcomes without naming intersectionality as such. Aimed at those studying gender and health among older adults this is a systematical review of methods that have delivered intersectional analyses.