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Doctors Doing Gender at Eye Clinics: Gender Constructions in Relation to Waiting Times for Cataract Extractions in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.
Lund University.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5200-1740
2017 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 107-125Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Why do eye clinics differ in their waiting times for women's and men's access to cataract extraction (CE)/gra 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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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 25, no 2, p. 107-125
Keyword [en]
Gender, doing gender, intersectionality, focus groups, equity, access to care, cataract surgery, cataract extraction
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Other Health Sciences Gender Studies
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Health and Caring Sciences; Social Sciences, Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-72178DOI: 10.1080/08038740.2017.1345006ISI: 000408930600004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-72178DiVA, id: diva2:1195228
Available from: 2018-04-04 Created: 2018-04-04 Last updated: 2018-04-04Bibliographically approved

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