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Doctors Doing Gender at Eye Clinics—Gender Constructions in Relation to Waiting Times for Cataract Extractions in Sweden

Smirthwaite, Goldina; Lundström, Mats LU and Swahnberg, Katarina (2017) In NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research
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Why do eye clinics differ in their waiting times for women’s and men’s access to cataract extraction (CE)/“grå starroperation”? Taking a doing-gender perspective as the starting point, this study explores how gender constructions embedded in Swedish eye clinics contribute to longer waiting times for women than for men. Focus group interviews were conducted with doctors at two Swedish eye clinics: one with a larger and another with a smaller than average gender difference in waiting times for CE. Several differences were found between the clinics regarding how gender was constructed: Women and men were constructed as different with respect to ascribed traits such as assertiveness and care-seeking behaviour. Their need for visual acuity... (More)

Why do eye clinics differ in their waiting times for women’s and men’s access to cataract extraction (CE)/“grå starroperation”? Taking a doing-gender perspective as the starting point, this study explores how gender constructions embedded in Swedish eye clinics contribute to longer waiting times for women than for men. Focus group interviews were conducted with doctors at two Swedish eye clinics: one with a larger and another with a smaller than average gender difference in waiting times for CE. Several differences were found between the clinics regarding how gender was constructed: Women and men were constructed as different with respect to ascribed traits such as assertiveness and care-seeking behaviour. Their need for visual acuity in working life was perceived as different by the doctors, and the study indicates differences between the clinics regarding their interest and awareness concerning issues related to inequity, reflected in the dissimilar prevalence of jokes with racist and misogynist connotations at the two clinics.

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access to care, cataract extraction, cataract surgery, doing gender, equity, focus groups, Gender, intersectionality
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NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research
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19 pages
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10.1080/08038740.2017.1345006
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  author       = {Smirthwaite, Goldina and Lundström, Mats and Swahnberg, Katarina},
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  keyword      = {access to care,cataract extraction,cataract surgery,doing gender,equity,focus groups,Gender,intersectionality},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {07},
  pages        = {19},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research},
  title        = {Doctors Doing Gender at Eye Clinics—Gender Constructions in Relation to Waiting Times for Cataract Extractions in Sweden},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08038740.2017.1345006},
  year         = {2017},
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