Qualitative Study of Gender-Affirming Surgery Experiences in British Columbia

We are a team of health researchers from the University of British Columbia working in partnership with the Trans Care BC program at the Provincial Health Services Authority to improve the delivery of services to trans people who are interested in accessing gender-affirming surgeries. The Principal Investigator of this project is Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc (Elizabeth.saewyc@ubc.ca).

It is a priority for us to make sure that the voices of trans people are heard in the process so we are conducting interviews about people’s experiences of accessing gender-affirming surgeries in British Columbia. The results of this research will contribute to efforts to improve existing systems of care for people of all genders.

Interviews will last from 60-90 minutes at a mutually agreed upon location in your area and will cover a range of topics, including the experiences with surgery readiness assessments, wait time for surgery, experiences with surgery and recovery as well as outcomes of surgery.

Our goal with this research project is to gather information on a wide diversity of experiences with the surgery and assessment process in British Columbia so not everyone who contacts us will be interviewed.

If you are interested in participating in this study and you live in BC, have undergone a readiness assessment for gender-affirming surgery or have had a gender-affirming surgery in the last 5 years, and are able to participate in an interview in English, please contact us by emailing saravyc@nursing.ubc.ca or calling at 778 968 6159.

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