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.”
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