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Summary: Transgender and Health, Social Care and Sport

Nurse and childSummary: Transgender and Health, Social Care and Sport

It is widely recognised that there is limited evidence into the health and experiences of transgender people in Scotland. Currently, there is no fully tested recommended question with which to collect information on gender identity in surveys or other data sources. A recent project carried out for the Equality and Human Rights Commission began work into this and the Scottish Government is considering future work in this area.


Useful Links

Transgender Page

Health, Social Care and Sport Page

Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

Measuring Use of Health Services by Equality Group (NHS Scotland Information Services Division, 2017) This report describes the current availability of equality data in routine national administrative health datasets in Scotland that are used for a number of secondary uses such as planning, performance monitoring, benchmarking and research. It covers age, disability, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and transgender

ISD Equality Evidence Finder (NHS Scotland Information Services Division) Summarises the NHS data available by equality characteristics

Active Scotland Outcomes: Indicator Equality Analysis (November 2015) This report presents an analysis of equality data across the indicators from the Active Scotland Outcomes Framework. Many data gaps were highlighted, however, available evidence points to inequality of opportunities and outcomes for all groups with protected characteristics across all the Active Scotland outcomes.

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to sexual orientation and transgender people

Dimensions of Diversity:Population Differences and Health Improvement Opportunities (NHS Health Scotland, 2010) This gives a concise overview, of basic health information about a range of population groups in Scotland, linking users to further sources of information.

External Links

External Links

Please note that you will leave the Scottish Government web site by clicking on any of the following links, and that the Scottish Government and its staff are not responsible for content external to this web site. The research below has been carried out independently of the Scottish Government and the findings do not necessarily represent the views of the Scottish Government or Scottish Ministers

External Publications and Outputs

LGBT in Britain: Trans Report (Stonewall, January 2018) Report based on research with 871 trans and non-binary people within the UK. It covers hate crime, discrimination, work, higher education, healthcare and housing

Unhealthy Attitudes Scotland: The treatment of LGBT people within health and social care organisations in Scotland (Stonewall Scotland, 2015) Survey looking into LGBT issues in health and social care settings within Scotland

Trans Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Study (Scottish Transgender Alliance, 2012) A Scottish Transgender Alliance survey of trans and non-binary people living in the UK covering, mental and physical health, employment and housing

External Research Organisations

Equality Network - Works for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) equality and human rights in Scotland

NHS Health Scotland - Provide an introduction to equality, health inequalities and human rights in relation to health outcomes for each of the nine protected characteristics, signposting to qualitative research about access to services, practice guidance and case studies to help planners and practitioners design and deliver services which meet the needs of individuals and communities. Their Monthly Equalities Alert provides an update on the latest articles and journals covering health in relation to protected characteristics and population groups.


Stonewall Scotland - LGBT research and publications.



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