How discrimination affects access to healthcare for transgender people

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are vulnerable and ostracised due to discriminatory attitudes among many individuals and groups in society. This article discusses a literature review exploring barriers to and facilitation of access to healthcare for people who identify as transgender. The themes presented describe the transgender healthcare experience from the perspective of both transgender people and health professionals. The review identified that discrimination and healthcare education and attitudes can result in postponement of care, disparity of research, inadequate education and training opportunities, and uncomfortable or problematic interactions, which accumulate to negatively affect the overall health of this patient group.

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