PCORI - Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

02/28/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/28/2020 18:44

Building Research Capacity for the Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Community

As a community, they are nearly nine times more likely to attempt suicide than Americans not identifying as TGNC, according to a 2014 report from the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. And they are more likely to report negative healthcare experiences, including treatment refusal, according to a 2017 article in Transgender Health.

An estimated 1.4 million U.S. adults identify as transgender, according to a 2016 report from the Williams Institute. Yet, there is a lack of TGNC-serving clinics and gender-competent providers-ones using appropriate terminology and gender-affirming language.

'One transgender person in Corpus Christi, Texas, has their primary care physician, therapist, and psychiatrist in San Antonio-a round trip of four hours. It's a public health issue because we are limiting a person's access to quality care at an affordable cost,' said Angela Sturm, MD, a PCORI-funded project co-lead and transgender-competent surgeon based in Houston. Adds her co-lead Ankit Sanghavi, BDS, MPH, of the Texas Health Institute, 'finding access to culturally competent and affordable care is the single most important challenge we face in developing research capacity.'