(Reuters Health) – The negative experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming patients in U.S. emergency departments could be avoided with better training for doctors, suggests a new study. Based on survey responses from 240 transgender and gender nonconforming people, researchers say negative experiences were often attributable to doctors’ lack of knowledge.
“The biggest recommendation that came out from what we saw and what participants actually said was training,” said Dr. Makini Chisolm-Straker, the study’s lead author from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Training of medical staff “should be systematic and it should be required.”
People who are transgender or gender nonconforming identify as a gender different from the sex assigned at birth, or do not identify their gender as explicitly male or female. “Basically, I wanted to find out from trans folks across the U.S. what their experience was in emergency departments,” Dr. Chisolm-Straker told Reuters Health.