Primary care clinicians' willingness to care for transgender patients
Shires DA, Stroumsa D, Jaffee KD, Woodford MR. Primary care clinicians' willingness to care for transgender patients. Annals of family medicine 2018; 16(6):555-558.
Annals of family medicine
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.