Negotiating the (bio)medical gaze – Care-users' experiences of trans-specific healthcare in Sweden


An increasing number of people in Sweden are seeking help from the healthcare in order to get access to gender confirming medical procedures. However, few studies have explored how people experience the Swedish trans-specific... [ view full abstract ]


The aim of this study is to explore and analyse care-user’s experiences of navigating and negotiating access to trans-specific healthcare in Sweden. [ view full abstract ]


The material consists of 14 interviews, which are analysed with constructivist grounded theory (Charmaz 2014). The participants were contacted through networks for people with trans experiences in Sweden. The participants... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

Not relevant for this qualitative study. [ view full abstract ]


Through analysing the participants’ experiences of trans-specific healthcare, we identified the categories “Being evaluated and dependent”, “Governed through time”, “Negotiating the expert-lay relationship”, and... [ view full abstract ]


Based on the participants’ experiences, we argue that the shift of responsibility from care-providers to users is connected to a lack of resources within trans-specific care, to neoliberal developments within the Swedish... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Ida Linander (Umeå University)
  2. Erika Alm (Gothenburg University)
  3. Lisa Harryson (Umeå University)
  4. Anne Hammarström (Umeå University)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Social sciences


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