Date of Paper/Work

6-2013

Type of Paper/Work

Systems Change Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Susan M. Hageness

Abstract

Primary care providers have reported an increase in the transgender patients seeking care in outpatient clinics; however, providers lack experience in caring for these individuals. As a result, the transgender patients are at risk for experiencing significant adverse events, dissatisfaction with healthcare, and potential death. Transgender population health promotion is necessary to improve overall quality of life. The transgender patients experience social and health inequities, and disproportionate obstacles compared to other populations. Provisions to ensure adequate health services for the transgender patient are necessary. This article focuses on health promotion aspects of transgender care, and will provide the primary care provider with an overview of caring for this unique patient population.

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