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🫶This is PATH!

🏳️‍⚧️ A health and wellness survey developed 👉for, by, and with👈 transgender and nonbinary Washingtonians.
Check out some of our research findings!

Our Purpose

We aim to uplift trans voices in research; the survey and interviews were created by trans and nonbinary researchers, stakeholders, and community members.
They explore various domains of health and lived experiences among transgender and nonbinary adults in Washington state. Eligible participants were over the age of 18, identify as trans or nonbinary, and live in Washington.

~ Topics Covered Include ~


🫂 Social Support

How are you supported by your social networks and communities?

❌ Barriers to Care

Are there any political, social, or financial barriers that impact your ability to receive healthcare?

🧠 Mental Health

To better understand your experience with mental health, we will ask questions about diagnoses, symptoms, and accessing mental health services.

🏥 General Health

To get an idea of various aspects of your health, we will ask questions about COVID-19, substance use, primary care, etc.

💞 Sexual Health

Includes topics like reproductive health, STIs, and HIV testing and prevention.

✅ Demographics

We want to get an idea of who you are so we can characterize the trans community in Washington.

⚧ Gender-Affirming Care

We want to know if you have accessed gender-affirming medical care such as hormone therapy, top surgery, facial feminization, and more.

👥 Experiences of Discrimination

We will ask about experiences of discrimination, abuse, and bullying in various settings.

Progress Updates

07/01 - Thank you to everyone who participated in the PATH Study! We are working on analyzing and disseminating results. As our work starts to be published, we will add updates.
Prior Updates
  • April 1, 2024 - Interview recruitment ended. Working on analyzing interviews!
  • October 9, 2023 - Ongoing interview recruitment
    • We are opening our interview recruitment to individuals who have not completed the survey, prioritizing individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, and other communities of color; HIV positive and/or has experience using PrEP; trans women and trans men. If you live in Washington, identify as transgender and/or nonbinary, and are over the age of 18 please fill out this screener.
  • August 3, 2023 - Recruitment for interviews
    • If you completed the survey and indicated that you are interested in an interview, you should have received an email from us asking you to complete a short demographics questionnaire and to schedule a time to complete the interview. Please let us know if you did not receive this email.
  • June 26, 2023 - Preliminary results are available
06/26 - Preliminary results are available! Please see the preliminary results in the image above. We will update this page as more results are available.
05/04 - All gift cards have been distributed Thank you, again, for your responses to our survey! If you live in Washington state and completed the survey, you should have received your gift card via email by this date.
04/20 - We have reached our survey target! Thank you for your responses to our survey! We have hit our target number of responses and will be closing the survey. We will send out compensation as soon as possible.
04/20 - Survey Back Online We are extending our data collection timeline and the survey is available online once again. Follow the link at the top of the page to continue to the screener.
04/15 - Survey Paused Thank you again for your interest in our survey! Recruitment is once again paused while we verify survey responses.
04/08 - Survey Back Online Our survey is now available again online. Follow the link at the top of the page to continue to the screener.
04/07 - Survey Paused Thank you for the overwhelming support we have received for this survey! Recruitment is currently paused as we are validating our data.
03/31 - Transgender Day of Visibility The survey is now available to take online! Help us carve a PATH in trans-health research in Washington and better understand the needs of our local community.


Am I eligible to participate?
We are currently not enrolling participants.
How was information protected?
We did not collect identifiable information, aside from an email address. All survey data was de-identified to maintain confidentiality, and participants were assigned a record ID (e.g. #1234). Survey and interview data is stored in a password-protected Dropbox folder, and only members of the study team have access to the password. In publications, all responses will be grouped with other participants.
How will the information be used?
The responses will help inform health services and policy programming specific to trans Washingtonians. Summaries of findings will be included in future dissemination materials.
What kinds of questions were on the survey?
We asked questions regarding demographics, sexual health, experiences relating to barriers to health care, gender-affirming care, social support, and general health.
Why would someone participate?
Responses contribute to our knowledge of trans health in Washington state. This survey is being used as a starting point to develop future research and interventions, tailored to the needs of our communities. Participants were awarded $50 for survey and interview completion as a token of appreciation.
We would love for you to participate in our future studies!

This is a University of Washington Research Study (IRB# STUDY00015878). For questions, contact Dr. Arjee Restar, PhD, MPH.