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Transgender Americans Struggle for Proper Healthcare

Jan 23, 2018

What can be done to improve the situation? Dietz and Halem called for more involvement from physicians:

Ultimately, transgender patients need clinicians whom they feel safe and comfortable seeing regularly for all of their health care needs. The majority of medical care related to transgender health can be administered by any physician willing to research best practices and create a care plan that centers on an individual patient’s health care needs and priorities.

Resources

AMA Journal of Ethics

Dietz, Elizabeth and Jessica Halem, MBA

“How Should Physicians Refer When Referral Options Are Limited for Transgender Patients?”

(November 2016)

http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/2016/11/ecas1-1611.html

International Society for Sexual Medicine

“Referring Transgender Patients for Optimal Care”

http://www.issm.info/news/sex-health-headlines/referring-transgender-patients-for-optimal-care/

NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

“Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of LBGTQ Americans”

(November 2017)

https://www.npr.org/documents/2017/nov/npr-discrimination-lgbtq-final.pdf

Shots (NPR)

Ulaby, Neda

“Health Care System Fails Many Transgender Americans”

(November 21, 2017)

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/11/21/564817975/health-care-system-fails-many-transgender-americans

The Washington Post

Arrowsmith, Laura

“When doctors refuse to see transgender patients, the consequences can be dire”

(November 26, 2017)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/when-doctors-refuse-to-see-transgender-patients-the-consequences-can-be-dire/2017/11/24/d063b01c-c960-11e7-8321-481fd63f174d_story.html?utm_term=.0ddd42c4dbef

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