Abstract Title

Transgender Experiences in Healthcare

Abstract

Background: Transgender people often have negative experiences in healthcare including denial of services, substandard care, verbal abuse, and forced care. Purpose: The purpose of this research project is to understand the experiences of transgender people interacting with healthcare systems in their own voices and empower the community. Methods: I collected visual oral histories from transgender people in the local Kent area. Participants were identified through connections to the LGBTQ community at Kent State University and subsequently through snowball sampling. Results: The most common experiences participants discussed were being called the wrong name, being refused necessary treatment, as well as being ignored, misunderstood, and mistreated by healthcare professionals. Conclusions: The experiences of transgender people in the local area reflect the studies done about stigma trans people face in healthcare; these problems require attention from public health in order to improve care for trans individuals.

Modified Abstract

Transgender people often have negative experiences in healthcare including denial of services, substandard care, verbal abuse, and forced care. The purpose of this research project is to understand the experiences of transgender people interacting with healthcare systems in their own voices and empower the community. I collected visual oral histories from transgender people in the local Kent area. The most common experiences participants discussed were being called the wrong name, being refused necessary treatment, as well as being ignored, misunderstood, and mistreated by healthcare professionals. The experiences of transgender people in the local area reflect studies done about stigma trans people face in healthcare; these problems require attention from public health in order to improve care for trans individuals.

Research Category

Social Science/Education/Public Health

Author Information

Aaron KesslerFollow

Primary Author's Major

Public Health

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Molly

Merryman

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

April 2019

Research Area

Other Public Health

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Transgender Experiences in Healthcare

Background: Transgender people often have negative experiences in healthcare including denial of services, substandard care, verbal abuse, and forced care. Purpose: The purpose of this research project is to understand the experiences of transgender people interacting with healthcare systems in their own voices and empower the community. Methods: I collected visual oral histories from transgender people in the local Kent area. Participants were identified through connections to the LGBTQ community at Kent State University and subsequently through snowball sampling. Results: The most common experiences participants discussed were being called the wrong name, being refused necessary treatment, as well as being ignored, misunderstood, and mistreated by healthcare professionals. Conclusions: The experiences of transgender people in the local area reflect the studies done about stigma trans people face in healthcare; these problems require attention from public health in order to improve care for trans individuals.