[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Transgender individuals face challenges dealing with health care providers. For reasons that are poorly understood, the prevalence of gender dysphoria (GD) in veterans is higher than in the general population. LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) health issues, particularly those of the trans-gender community, are inadequately covered in recent med-ical publications and most training programs, and previous negative experiences in health care settings have created barriers for appropriate care of transgender veterans resulting in decreased preventive services, continuity of care, and life expectancy. Future research must focus on the unique needs of transgender veterans so that health care providers have greater understanding and are better prepared to render appropriate care. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to providing sensitive, evidenced-based care and has made sig-nificant progress in achieving this goal although much remains to be done. Transgender individuals, including those who meet Diag-nostic and Statistical Manual-5 (DSM-5; APA, 2013) criteria for the diagnosis of GD, are inadequately understood by health care providers. For reasons that are unclear, the preva-lence of GD in veterans is higher than in the general popula-tion, even though individuals with GD cannot serve openly in the military. 1,2 VA is committed to caring for transgender veterans who require sensitive, evidence-based care and has made significant progress in achieving this goal although much remains to be done. 2,3
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Limited research exists on the health issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) patients, as viewed in the context of osteopathic medical education. A full understanding of current medical students' acceptance of, attitudes toward, and knowledge of these issues could lead to the development and incorporation of curricula focusing on the care of LGBT patients into colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs).
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 10/2014; 114(10):788-96. DOI:10.7556/jaoa.2014.153
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