Transgender Health: Patients & Providers
This series connects providers to patients’ need for both competent and compassionate medical understanding of transgender health. It is co-curated by trans and nonbinary expert Micah and trans health educator and patient advocate Charlie Blotner.
Nearly one fifth of transgender patients delay health care because of fear of discrimination [2015 US Trans Survey]. And only a median 5 hours is dedicated to teaching LGBT-related content over the course of the entire medical school curriculum, with a third of programs reportedly spending zero hours on LGBT health-related content during clinical training.
With a community hesitant to interact with the medical system, we want more providers to demonstrate not only competence, but excellence in transgender health. We want research that involves trans stakeholders in the process, and we want more trans patients to participate in studies.
To bridge the gap between patient and provider, we created the Transgender Health: Patients & Providers. This series brings together both patients and providers as experts of their experience, inviting us all to learn about each other’s real needs while we wait for the medical literature and best practices to catch up.
Given the critical role social media has played in information creation and sharing within the trans community, it’s become imperative to engage the trans community online through known platforms like genderqueer.me. Guest articles are written by an assortment of international medical providers, representing the fields of psychology, endocrinology, pediatrics, emergency medicine, surgery, social work, nursing, and research; each contributor’s varying expertise and perspective pushes the trans health community to reexamine best practices, policies, legislation, and standards of care around the world.
This series relies on your voices to participate.
If you’re a provider or a trans individual and wish to contribute, let us know! You can suggest a special topic, ask a burning question, or introduce us to health professionals who would make engaging guest authors.
Above all, we welcome you –our readers– to engage in the comments or through twitter @neutrois or @cblotner_.
- Expect Excellence, by Dr Kim Acquaviva
- Binders of Our Own, by Allie Schmiesing
- Identity and Obligation to Ethics, by Mere Abrams
- The Trans Buddy Program, by E. Kale Edmiston
- Redefining the Patient-Doctor Relationship, by Dr Scott Mosser
- Both Sides of the Coin, by Keaton Marsh
- Affirming Practices for Gathering Research Data, by Mere Abrams
- GenderCare in the UK, by Dr Stuart Lorimer
- STRONG Evidence To Support Transgender Health, by Michael Goodman
- Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health, by Paula Neira and Devin O’Brien-Coon
- Check the Box: Gender in Research Surveys, by Michelle Litchman
- What It’s Like To Finally Find A Trans-Friendly Doctor, by Sarah Cavar
- Transgender Patients & Research In Medical Transition, by Charlie Blotner
- 15 Tips For Talking About Sexuality with Transgender and Nonbinary Teens, by Rachel Lynn Golden
- Top 5 Questions About Hormones, answers by Dr Kevin Hatfield
- Trans-Positive Collaboration Between Therapists & Clients, by Dara Hoffman-Fox
- Gatekeepers & Informed Consent: The Mental Health Provider’s Role, by Sand Chang, PhD
Want to Contribute?
Pitch us your idea, article, commentary, or referral. We are always on the lookout for new perspectives.
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