Education Creates Welcoming Environment for Transgender Patients
The ED often is the access point of choice for transgender patients who may be reluctant to interact with providers. Experts say there is a need for training and education on how to present a gender-affirming healthcare environment. Recommended steps include a review of policies, along with corresponding changes to electronic and paper intake forms to ensure that the language used is inclusive of all genders.
- While blanket discrimination may be declining, experts note that some providers are uncertain about how to interact with a transgender patient.
- It’s always best to ask patients for their preferred name and pronoun and to repeat this exercise every three to six months for return patients, as gender identity can be fluid.
- To ease anxiety for transgender patients, consider developing a navigator program that will pair any transgender patient who requests the service with a trained advocate who can support and guide the patient through the system.
First-in-the-nation “Trans Buddy” program provides support and guidance to transgender patients who are fearful or anxious about interacting with providers.
Subscribe Now for Access
You have reached your article limit for the month. We hope you found our articles both enjoyable and insightful. For information on new subscriptions, product trials, alternative billing arrangements or group and site discounts please call 800-688-2421. We look forward to having you as a long-term member of the Relias Media community.