The Issue Of Transgender Patients Essay

1161 Words May 5th, 2015 null Page
Growing up, when children had to go to the doctor, they may have felt anxiety and fear –perhaps due to vaccinations—as they grow older those emotions tend to fade away. However, for some groups of patients, those emotions still thrive; for completely different reasons. The patients that are being specifically referred to are transgendered. In the United States it’s observed to have become more accepting towards the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community through marriage laws, policies of protection, among others.
Nevertheless, due to this recent acceptance there is a lack of research or knowledge on the subject of the LGBT – emphasis on the T – and that can be damaging to the person; particularly when involving health-care (Lim, Brown, & Justin Kim, 2014). Transgender patients may enter a doctor’s office with the possibility of having to educate their provider or face discrimination from their provider; these are the reasons that the patient may experience fear and anxiety (Belluardo-Crosby & Lillis, 2012; Dowshen, Nguyen, Gilbert, Feiler, & Margo, 2014; Rondahl, 2009). The research paper will explore how the concept of knowledge (or lack-there-of) has impacted the relationship between (Transgender) patient and provider.
‘Transgender’ has become an umbrella term, which means that it is one word that encompasses several different groups within that community. It is representative of the following groups: transgenders, transsexuals, intersex, gender…

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