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Transgender Care in the Emergency Room

Summary: A recently published study on special needs of transgender patients reveals some disturbing statistics.
Air Date: 11/8/13
Duration: 10
Host: Dr. Leigh Vinocur, MD
Guest Bio: Greta Bauer, PhD, MPH
Greta Bauer, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. She has served as the lead principle investigator on two Canadian Institutes of Health Research grants studying the health of transgender and transsexual (trans) people in Ontario, and as co-principle investigator on three additional trans health grants. Along with her research team, Dr. Bauer designed and implemented the first large survey of trans health conducted in Canada. Dr. Bauer also serves as Co-Chair of the Research Committee of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health.
Transgender Care in the Emergency Room
A recently published study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine took a close look at the special needs of transgender patients.

The results may shock you.

While approximately one-third of transgender patients needed emergency care in the previous year, only 71 percent of those with self-reported need indicated they were able to obtain care.

In fact, many patients deferred care until they were desperate and needed to go to the ER.

Why are these patients reluctant to submit to care? And what is being done to change the phenomenon?

In this segment of ER 101, Dr. Greta Bauer joins Dr. Leigh to discuss the details of the study.
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