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Understanding Trans HealthDiscourse, Power and Possibility$
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Ruth Pearce

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447342335

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447342335.001.0001

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Trans health in practice: conditions of care

Trans health in practice: conditions of care

(p.51) Three Trans health in practice: conditions of care
Understanding Trans Health

Ruth Pearce

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on UK healthcare provision in the 2010s. It describes the material context of the author's research project in terms of both public and private healthcare provision, making visible the systems that trans patients must negotiate to access care. It outlines the medical pathway and extensive assessment procedures for the trans ‘condition’ with reference to clinical guidance and public health documents, while also examining the challenges faced by patients outside of trans-specific services. It shows how this context has been shaped by recent political events such as the passage of the Equality Act 2010 and the Health and Social Care Act 2012, as well as by international guidance such as the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care. The discussion is framed by a description of the power differentials that persist between practitioner and patient.

Keywords:   Equality Act 2010, Health and Social Care Act 2012, World Professional Association for Transgender Health, WPATH, UK healthcare provision, trans health

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