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Gaceta Sanitaria

versión impresa ISSN 0213-9111

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GIL-BORRELLI, Christian; VELASCO, César; MARTI-PASTOR, Marc  y  LATASA, Pello. Gender identity, a factor of inequality forgotten by Spanish health information systems. Gac Sanit [online]. 2018, vol.32, n.2, pp.184-186. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2017.10.004.

The Spanish Health Information System (HIS) collects health information. Trans people have poorer health status. This paper aimed to assess the adequacy of the HIS to collect the health data on trans individuals. The HIS sources available in the Statistical Portal of the National Health System were reviewed. The sources containing population health data were selected. The variables “sex” and “gender identity” were searched. Nineteen sources were identified. In all of them the variable “sex” was found, whereas “gender identify” did not appear in any of the 19. In two sources, the variable “sex” allowed values of “transsexual”. The SIS contains little information regarding gender identity. This leads to the invisibility of trans people in Spanish health statistics. Obtaining this information would allow for a better understanding of the barriers to health care access, and the health needs of one of the most discriminated groups in our society.

Palabras clave : Information systems; Gender identity; Gender and health.

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