Table 1

Age-standardised characteristics of a cohort of US women and men by sex/gender and sexual orientation (n=9914)

Female (n=6663)Completely heterosexualMostly heterosexualBisexualLesbian/GayP values*
(n=5353)(n=1037)(n=159)(n=114)
Age at baseline†, mean years (SD), range: 18–3226.1 (3.6)26.6 (3.4)25.5 (3.6)26.4 (3.5)<0.001
Unemployed/not working due to illness or disability in the last year‡, % (n)5.9 (317)10.5 (109)14.5 (23)10.5 (12)<0.001
Uninsured (lacked health insurance) in the last year‡, % (n)3.9 (208)5.7 (59)13.8 (22)4.4 (5)<0.001
Lacked a routine physical exam in the last year‡, % (n)32.0 (1712)36.1 (374)40.3 (64)37.7 (43)0.01
HRQL§ dimensions, % (n)
Mobility ≥slight problems3.2 (172)5.6 (58)13.2 (21)10.5 (12)<0.001
Self-care ≥slight problems0.5 (28)1.3 (13)4.4 (7)1.8 (2)<0.001
Usual activities ≥slight problems5.0 (267)12.3 (127)20.1 (32)16.7 (19)<0.001
Pain/discomfort ≥slight problems26.5 (1418)36.8 (382)42.1 (67)44.7 (51)<0.001
Anxiety/depression ≥moderate problems12.3 (658)22.6 (234)36.5 (58)29.0 (33)<0.001
HRQL index score¶, mean (SD)0.91 (0.09)0.87 (0.09)0.84 (0.11)0.85 (0.10)<0.001
Less than full health (HRQL index score <1)54.6 (2924)73.3 (760)84.3 (134)79.0 (90)<0.001
HRQL index score among those with less than full health, mean (SD)0.84 (0.06)0.83 (0.06)0.80 (0.09)0.81 (0.08)<0.001