Keywords: DEI, transgender, nonbinary (PubMed Search)
Approximately 1.4 million transgender and gender nonbinary patients live in the United States. Unfortunately, prior research has shown negative experiences with the health system are common after disclosing their trans/NB status. As a result, almost a ¼ report avoiding or delaying needed health care.
This qualitative study interviewed a subset of trans/NB individuals about their experiences visiting emergency departments. Several key themes emerged:
Overall, the study found that clinicians have many opportunities to improve the care of transgender and nonbinary patients, including updating forms, using inclusive language, avoiding medically unnecessary questions, and providing training for staff on trans/NB health.
Allison MK, Marshall SA, Stewart G, Joiner M, Nash C, Stewart MK. Experiences of Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Patients in the Emergency Department and Recommendations for Health Care Policy, Education, and Practice. J Emerg Med. 2021 Oct;61(4):396-405. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2021.04.013. Epub 2021 Jun 25. PMID: 34176685; PMCID: PMC8627922.