Articles related to GENDER & SEXUALITY
Pharmacists Can Break Down Barriers to Transgender Health Care
The recent ban on gender-affirming care for minors in Texas underscores the urgent need for pharmacists to act as knowledgeable allies and advocates for transgender patients. Your role in education, advocacy, and trust-building is now more crucial than ever; learn more about how you can help.
Clinical Pharmacology July 31st 2023
The Mean Age of Gender Dysphoria Diagnosis is Decreasing
As the prevalence of gender dysphoria sees an upswing, particularly among those assigned female at birth, it is crucial for clinicians to provide timely assessments and support to these individuals. Understanding this trend can inform efforts to foster gender identity exploration and promote public education on gender diversity.
Pediatrics July 19th 2023
Gender-affirming Care and Pharmacy Practice
Explore a course created to equip pharmacists with the knowledge and abilities to assist patients who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming (TGND). The educational program “Gender-Affirming Care in Pharmacy Practice” is a comprehensive guide for pharmacists to better serve transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) patients. It provides a deep understanding of the terminology related to TGD patient populations, including definitions of gender identity, gender expression, and various gender identities. The program emphasizes the importance of gender-affirming care, which includes social, medical, psychological, and behavioral care that aligns with a person’s gender identity. It also provides guidance on how to communicate inclusively with TGD patients, such as introducing oneself with name and pronouns, asking open-ended questions, and avoiding unnecessary or invasive questions. Furthermore, the program highlights the health disparities faced by TGD individuals seeking gender-affirming care, such as higher levels of unemployment and healthcare discrimination. It also discusses the coverage of gender-affirming care by Medicaid, which varies across states. The program provides detailed information on hormone therapy for TGD patients, including testosterone and estrogen hormone therapy. It discusses the potential side effects, contraindications, and the importance of contraception for patients at risk of becoming pregnant while on testosterone therapy. Lastly, the […]
Clinical Pharmacology May 31st 2023
Ohio Community Pharmacists’ Provision of Inclusive Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Patients
Explore how neighborhood pharmacists are tackling the Gender-Affirming Care Guide’s difficulty of comprehension and application. The study provides a critical analysis of community pharmacists’ awareness and use of the Gender-Affirming Care Guide. Unveiled by the American Pharmacists Association and Human Rights Campaign in March 2021, the guide represents a pivotal tool for delivering competent and respectful care to transgender and gender-diverse patients. Nonetheless, reports on pharmacists’ familiarity with, and adherence to, the guide are currently lacking. To examine this, an anonymous survey, structured around the guide’s principles, was sent to 700 Ohio community pharmacists. Of the 688 recipients, a mere 12% responded, revealing a stark lack of awareness about the guide – only 10% knew of its existence. Moreover, their self-reported ability to define key terminologies varied widely. Indeed, 95% could correctly define “transgender,” but only 14% knew “intersectionality.” The report underscores the importance of adopting the guide’s suggested practices. Notably, it found that 61% collected patients’ preferred names, and 54% considered transgender, gender-diverse, or non-heterosexual patients during staff training. Nevertheless, less than half claimed their pharmacy software managed critical gender-related data effectively. Despite these shortcomings, the surveyed pharmacists displayed a substantial interest in learning more about the guide’s contents. […]
Clinical Pharmacology May 31st 2023
Barriers to Oral Health Care for Transgender and Gender Nonbinary Populations
In this study, of the 118 transgender and gender nonbinary (TGNB) patients, one-third of participants reported misgendering (being addressed in the dental environment using the wrong name and pronouns). Although refusal of oral health care was uncommon in our sample of TGNB participants, more than half believed that their regular source of oral health care was unable to provide gender-appropriate care. Avoidance owing to gender identity was found to be substantially related to self-reported unsatisfactory dental health. Gender insensitivity, awkward interactions, avoidance of care, and a lack of gender-affirming practitioners were all common themes un participants’ oral health care experiences.
Dentistry May 15th 2023
Caring for Young People with Gender Dysphoria
All agree that the well-being of the patient is paramount. But how to find that in the midst of so much hostility and criticism? When the evidence base is weak or disputed, other factors must be weighed, such as how invasive is the recommended intervention.
Internal Medicine March 22nd 2023