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"Competent persons who can treat you with competence, as simple as that" - An interview study with transgender people on their experiences of meeting health care professionals
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5637-5106
2016 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 25, no 23-24, 3511-3521 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


Transgender people face prejudice and discrimination world-wide. Little is known of their experiences in sexual health promoting settings.


With a focus on sexual health and rights, this study describes how transgender people experience meetings with health care professionals.


Within a descriptive design, 20 persons aged 18-74 and identifying as transgender and non-binary were interviewed. The results were analysed with constructivist Grounded Theory.


Disrespect among health care professionals is the core category connected to the experiences in the result; transgender people experience estrangement, expectations and eviction in different sexual health-promoting settings.


Transgender knowledge needs to be increased in general, in both specialized transgender health care and many other health care settings, in order to prevent transgender peoples’ experiences of estrangement. Moreover, an increased knowledge of, and respect for, sexual health and rights is needed to prevent transgender peoples’ exposure to gender binary, cis- and heteronormative expectations. In addition, access to sexual health care is essential following gender confirmatory care as well in order to avoid transgender peoples’ experiences of eviction from the health care system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. Vol. 25, no 23-24, 3511-3521 p.
Keyword [en]
Access to sexual health care; Discrimination; Health care professionals; Hetero normative; Non-binary people; Sexual health and rights; Transgender people
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31184DOI: 10.1111/jocn.13384PubMedID: 27191678ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84996525763OAI: diva2:951397
Public Health Agency of Sweden
Available from: 2016-08-08 Created: 2016-08-08 Last updated: 2016-12-08

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