Specialization and minority health care: hormone therapy for trans people in England

Toze, Michael (2019) Specialization and minority health care: hormone therapy for trans people in England. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy . ISSN 1355-8196

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Abstract

Specialization serves an important purpose in health services, ensuring resources are used efficiently and patients can access specialized skills and interventions. However, specialization also results in services being concentrated in fewer locations, with less patient choice. Focussing upon the example of gender-identity services for trans people in England, this paper outlines contemporary debates regarding hormone prescription pathways and argues that concepts of “specialization” in health care may at times disadvantage minority populations who have needs that are uncommon but not clinically complex. Supplying gender-identity services in specialized clinics has sometimes been presented as avoiding discrimination that may occur in wider health services, but may reinforce perceptions that other health providers do not need to engage with trans populations. Primary care-led models for providing trans health care operate internationally and are being explored in the UK. However, reform processes may be helped by further critical attention to the purposes and implications of specialization.

Keywords:transgender, health, specialization, primary care, hormones, equality
Subjects:A Medicine and Dentistry > A990 Medicine and Dentistry not elsewhere classified
L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
L Social studies > L320 Gender studies
Divisions:College of Science
ID Code:37817
Deposited On:10 Oct 2019 13:30

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