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Primary Care Clinicians’ Willingness to Care for Transgender Patients

Authors
  • Shires, Deirdre A.1, 2
  • Stroumsa, Daphna3
  • Jaffee, Kim D.4
  • Woodford, Michael R.
  • 1 School of Social Work, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
  • 2 Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan
  • 3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 4 School of Social Work, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Annals of Family Medicine
Publisher
Annals of Family Medicine
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2018
Volume
16
Issue
6
Pages
555–558
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1370/afm.2298
PMID: 30420373
PMCID: PMC6231925
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Transgender patients report negative experiences in health care settings, but little is known about clinicians’ willingness to see transgender patients. We surveyed 308 primary care clinicians in an integrated Midwest health system and 53% responded. Most respondents were willing to provide routine care to transgender patients (85.7%) and Papanicolaou (Pap) tests (78.6%) to transgender men. Willingness to provide routine care decreased with age; willingness to provide Pap tests was higher among family physicians, those who had met a transgender person, and those with lower transphobia. Medical education should address professional and personal factors related to caring for the transgender population to increase access.

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