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Howard SD, Lee KL, Nathan AG
Healthcare experiences of transgender people of color.
Researchers investigated how transgender people of color (TPOC) healthcare experiences are shaped by both race/ethnicity and gender identity. Using interviews and focus groups with participants in the Chicago area, they found that all participants described healthcare experiences where providers responded negatively to their race/ethnicity and/or gender identity. A majority of participants sought out healthcare locations designated as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-friendly in an effort to avoid discrimination, but feared experiencing racism there. When describing positive healthcare experiences, participants were most likely to highlight providers' respect for their gender identity. The researchers concluded that TPOC have different experiences compared with white transgender or cisgender racial/ethnic minorities and recommended that providers improve understanding of intersectional experiences of TPOC to improve quality of care.
Citation: Howard SD, Lee KL, Nathan AG . Healthcare experiences of transgender people of color. J Gen Intern Med 2019 Oct;34(10):2068-74. doi: 10.1007/s11606-019-05179-0..
Keywords: Patient Experience, Vulnerable Populations, Cultural Competence, Racial / Ethnic Minorities, Primary Care, Ambulatory Care and Surgery