First of a kind study to look at 300 Gender Confirmation Surgical outcomes

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The 5-Year Longitudinal Study is First to Examine Post-Surgical Psychosocial Adjustment, Quality of Life and Long-Term Physical and Emotional Wellbeing of Transgender and Non-Binary Patients.

A lot has been said to condemn transgender surgical procedures, often using a couple of subjects who suffered adverse effects. These people are routinely paraded out when republicans introduce anti-trans legislation as ‘witnesses’ in an effort to criminalize transgender healthcare.

The problem being is that there hasn’t been a long-term study in the US to address the overall success or failure of the surgery in actual patients until now.

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) Center for Home Care Policy & Research has been awarded a $3.4M grant by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) /  National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the psychosocial well-being and quality of life of individuals after gender-affirming surgery. The landmark study will address a significant gap in the current evidence on best practices to support gender minority individuals during a pivotal life course transition.

The VNSNY Research study will be collaboratively co-led by Miriam Ryvicker, PhD., Senior Research Scientist with the VNSNY Center for Home Care Policy & Research and Walter Bockting, PhD., Director of the Program for the Study of LGBT Health at the Columbia University School of Nursing and the New York State Psychiatric Institute / Columbia Psychiatry.

“This funding helps to strengthen the evidence base for improving healthcare access, outcomes and quality of life and mitigating pervasive disparities affecting this population,” said Miriam Ryvicker.

“Fortunately, in recent years, access to gender-affirming surgery has improved considerably in the United States. This study will examine the impact of surgery on the lives of trans and gender nonbinary individuals, and inform the development of post-surgical care and support services,” said Walter Bockting. “Columbia Nursing is proud to partner with the VNSNY on this pioneering effort.”

The goal of this prospective, mixed-method, longitudinal cohort study is to build a rich evidence base on gender identity development and long-term healthcare needs by examining post-surgical changes in quality of life and relationships with healthcare providers among transgender and non-binary individuals who have had a gender-affirming surgery.

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