Health, disability and quality of life among trans people in Sweden – a web-based survey

Galit Zeluf

Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet

I have a Master's degree in Global Health at Karolinska Institutet. In 2014 I started working at the Public Health Agency of Sweden conducting a study aiming to explore the health and health determinants among transgender persons in Sweden, a project which is a part of my PhD focus. During my doctoral studies, I will be working on a project aiming to study the quality of life in two key populations: people living with HIV (PLHIV) and transgender people. Both groups are vulnerable to health disparities caused by prejudice, stigma and discrimination.

Background

Swedish research concerning the general health of trans people is scarce. Despite the diversity of the group, most Swedish research has focused on gender dysphoric people seeking medical help for their gender incongruence, or... [ view full abstract ]

Aim(s)

This paper examines self-rated health, self-reported disability and quality of life among a diverse group of trans people including trans feminine, trans masculine, and gender nonbinary people as well as people... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

Participants were self-selected anonymously to a web-based survey conducted in 2014. Univariable and multivariable regression analyses were performed. Three backward selection regression models were conducted in order to... [ view full abstract ]

Methods

The main outcomes of the study are self-rated health, self-reported disability and quality of life. [ view full abstract ]

Results

Study participants included 796 individuals, between 15 and 94 years of age who live in Sweden. Respondents represented a heterogeneous group with regards to trans experience, with the majority being gender nonbinary (44%),... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

The results of this study demonstrate that the general health of trans respondents is related to vulnerabilities that are unique for trans people in addition to other well-known health determinants. [ view full abstract ]

Authors

Galit Zeluf (Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet), Cecilia Dhejne (ANOVA, Karolinska University Hospital and Karolinska Institutet), Carolina Orre (The Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights (RFSL)), Louise Nilunger Mannheimer (The Public Health Agency of Sweden and Karolinska Institutet), Jonas Höijer (Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet), Charlotte Deogan (The Public Health Agency of Sweden and Karolinska Institutet), Anna Ekéus Thorson (Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Social sciences

Session

OS-1D » Social Sciences I: Transgender Health from a Social Science Perspective (14:00 - Thursday, 6th April, Mediterranean)

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