Treating transgender patients in healthcare

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It is best practice to document each patient's name used and pronouns. This information should also not be disclosed to other medical staff members unless there is a medically relevant reason to do so. Suppose a transgender person prefers to use "they"? Information about gender status, including diagnosis, medical history, sex assigned at birth, or anatomy, can be considered protected health information. Never disclose a person's gender status to anyone who does not explicitly need the information for care. Sexual health history do not assume heterosexual relationships or that every sexually active person requires contraception — focus on behavior and associated risks such as STIs and HIV Transgender and genderqueer individuals experience a higher rate of violence and victimization — health providers should screen patients Appropriate health screenings mammograms, Pap smears, prostate cancer screenings, etc.

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Ask what name and pronoun the patient prefers.

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Medical Council of New South Wales

Below, we have provided resources for healthcare providers and administrators to help provide patient-centered care to the transgender community. Expand your knowledge about sexual orientation and gender identity Communicate with transgender patients: When caring for patients who are transgender, the first step is for the nurse to be aware of any potential bias that may create or contribute to providing quality care. The end result often has been disengagement from the health care system that results in poor health outcomes for transgender people: Under the Affordable Care Act, it is illegal for any health program, provider, or organization that gets any federal funding including accepting Medicare or Medicaid payments for any patients or is administered by a federal agency to discriminate against transgender or gender-nonconforming patients. Suppose a transgender person prefers to use "they"? A large survey by Lambda Legal revealed that 70 percent of transgender respondents had experienced serious discrimination in healthcare.

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Be alert for signs of homelessness, depression, poverty, social isolation, drug and alcohol problems. Document the issue and its resolution in the patient's health record. Or should the nurse do both? When caring for patients who are transgender, the first step is for the nurse to be aware of any potential bias that may create or contribute to providing quality care. The patient's healthcare record may indicate their gender status and preferred name, or the information in the healthcare record may be out of date or incomplete.

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