Healthcare Policy

Healthcare Policy 14(1) August 2018 : 11-18.doi:10.12927/hcpol.2018.25552
Discussion and Debate

Improving Healthcare Providers’ Interactions with Trans Patients: Recommendations to Promote Cultural Competence

Ella Vermeir, Lois A. Jackson and Emily Gard Marshall


Research indicates that trans people face a number of barriers to healthcare, including challenges in finding healthcare providers (HCPs) who are knowledgeable about, and sensitive to, trans identity and health issues. These and other barriers contribute to this population's under-usage of healthcare services and, in turn, their poor overall health outcomes compared to the general population. This article provides research-informed recommendations to improve HCPs' cultural competence, which may increase trans individuals' utilization of healthcare and thus contribute to better health outcomes for this population.



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