Clinic Staff Perspectives on Barriers and Facilitators to Integrating Transgender Healthcare into Family Planning Clinics
By Natalie Ingraham and Israel Rodriguez
Professor Natalie Ingraham co-authored an article on transgender care at Family Planning Clinics and how those clinics are evolving to provide services to the transgender and LBGTG communities. Professor Ingraham and her co-authors interviewed via phone, and in person, direct clinic staff and got information by attending National Conferences on Transgender Healthcare.
This research was done throughout 2018 to 2019 and included 25 in-depth interviews with family planning clinic staff across the United States. Content analysis on the type of care available at clinics from public websites was analyzed using descriptive statistics.
The results of the research show that the actual medical treatment isn’t thought to be hard to perform or learn. However, challenges occur when staff have to negotiate with insurance companies to get the benefits approved for transgender service including hormone therapy.
The conclusion is that Family planning clinics should consider adding transgender care based on patient or community demand as an extension of existing expertise in providing patient-centered care. Clinics should be aware that tool kits and protocols already exist to support integrated transition related care in family planning clinics.
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