Healthcare Perspective Newsletter: Issue 15 - Transgender Patients

Bias against transgender patients is against the law.  Despite this, a national survey of transgender individuals found that 42% reported verbal harassment, physical assault or denial of equal treatment by healthcare providers because of their gender identity.



Issue 15

Transgender Patients: Toward a More Inclusive Environment of Care

 

Telemedicine is the practice of electronically connecting healthcare facilities and providers. It encompasses numerous methods and technologies, ranging from traditional "store-and-forward" data applications, commonly utilized in diagnostic review and interactive exams, to innovative “telepresent” methods, including robotic surgery and emergency services consultations.

 

Bias against transgender patients is against the law.  Despite this, a national survey of transgender individuals found that 42% reported verbal harassment, physical assault or denial of equal treatment by healthcare providers because of their gender identity.* 
 

Discriminatory practices expose healthcare providers to suspension of federal funding, criminal charges and potential malpractice litigation.  This edition of Healthcare Perspective is designed to help healthcare businesses:
 

  • Protect transgender patients and themselves
  • Understand regulatory requirements and liability exposures
  • Review current protocols and practices

Move toward greater inclusiveness and accommodation

 

 

Additional resources

 

*Deirdre A. Shires and Kim Jaffee, “Factors Associated with Health Care Discrimination Experiences among a National Sample of Female-to-Male Transgender Individuals,” Health & Social Work, Vol. 40, Issue 2, March 4, 2015.

 


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