A proposal to help achieve equitable treatment of transgender people in the health system

Ahmadi, Keivan and Allotey, Pascale and Reidpath, Daniel D. (2013) A proposal to help achieve equitable treatment of transgender people in the health system. Academic Medicine, 88 (5). p. 559. ISSN 1040-2446

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Admonishing health care providers for not giving equitable care to transgender people is a tempting but least-acceptable option if educators and policy makers in the health care professions are not held equally responsible. If health care providers are not appropriately educated, it is from those who so poorly equipped them that we should seek answers.1 The shortcomings of current health education2 and the urgent need to take remedial actions to address the sensitive and complex issues pertaining to the real-life health care scenarios of transgender people have been well acknowledged.2,3As a robust solution to the health disparities experienced by transgender people, we suggest a two-step targeted approach where interdisciplinary short-term courses (e.g., four courses over a period of four weeks) on the special needs of this marginalized population are delivered to educators and policy makers by appropriate experts in a problem-based learning format. Following that, complementary short (e.g., a three-hour slot) and more specialized courses could be taught. These would focus extensively on the social determinants of the health problems of the marginalized clients. This targeted approach could not only provide more in-depth understanding of the special needs of transgender people but could also trigger movements to influence national and cultural priorities in favor of this group’s right to an equitable health system.

Additional Information:Letter to the Editor
Keywords:Equity, Health, Transgender
Subjects:X Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Science > School of Pharmacy
ID Code:20103
Deposited On:27 Jan 2016 16:24

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