'Lack of scientific evidence' undermines study on trans surgery

Thursday, September 10, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

transgenderism (transition illustration)Despite the claims a published study that has since been retracted, hormone treatments and sex-change surgeries don't help the mental health of transgendered people.

A 2019 study by Drs. Richard Branstrom and John Pachankis, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, took a look at transgender records in Sweden and came to the conclusion that individuals who had medical treatment did not improve – but those who underwent mutilation surgery had less mental difficulties.

Dr. Quentin Van Meter, president of the American College of Pediatricians, explains that the study had some deficiencies.

Van Meter

"People who reviewed that article critically came up with some really significant shortcomings in data analysis and pointed them out," he tells OneNewsNow. "… Six different individual authors or groups of authors wrote in to the American Journal of Psychiatry and said this article, this statistical analysis, is bogus. It purports to show something that it clearly does not show at all."

In response, AJP officials took a closer look at the study and documented their conclusion in a published letter.

"They found indeed that the statistical analysis did not hold up and did not show what Branstrom and his colleagues were attempting to show," says Van Meter, "which was that surgical manipulation to affirm a new gender identity was a medical mental health benefit – and buried in there was one concern that it actually increased the level of anxiety of these patients."

So Van Meter says once again there is no scientific evidence that hormonal treatment and surgery helps transgender patients who suffer from a mental disorder called "gender dysphoria."

In conceding to challenges about the study, Branstrom and Pachankis stated (on page 772): "Our conclusion based on the findings at hand in the article, which used neither a prospective cohort design nor a randomized controlled trial design, was too strong."

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