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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-34

Educating for Quality Transgender Health Care: A Survey Study of Medical Students

Department of Medicine and Life Sciences, Swansea University Medical School, Swansea, Sketty, UK

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Virginia H Dale
Swansea University Medical School, Swansea, Sketty, SA2 8QA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/efh.efh_508_20

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Background: The worse health outcomes suffered by transgender patients is compounded by the lack of training that students receive on addressing the needs of this population. Medical students are future doctors, and in this role, they should be learning to provide care to all of their potential patients. Methods: This study uses pretest–posttest design to assess the impact of a teaching session on students' responses across three themes: understanding, education, and profession. Students and members of the public (n = 25) attended a 2-h teaching session covering important topics in relation to transgender health. Assessment was carried out using a six-question survey that gathered responses on a Likert scale. Results: Level of understanding showed a significant increase (P < 0.05), as did one of the questions associated with profession (comfort seeing a transgender patient for a gender issue). The questions on education showed no significant change with the majority of students believing in the importance of learning about transgender health care. Despite the teaching session, there was no increase in the comfort level of medical students' with seeing a transgender patient for a nongender issue. Discussion: Medical students are ready to be part of reducing the barriers to quality health care for transgender people. Education delivered with the help of the transgender community and specialist doctors can equip medical students with the understanding and level of education required to provide care to all of their patients.

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