The Fenway Institute's Dr. Jennifer Potter and Dr. Alex Keuroghlian appeared on the most recent episode of Fenway Health's Pride In Our Health podcast to discuss Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Care: The Fenway Guide, the first case-based textbook to address the comprehensive health care needs of transgender and gender diverse adults. You can find out more and listen to the podcast (~26m) here.
New Study Finds That Health Care Providers And Transgender Patients In The Rural Northeast Believe Systems-Level Changes In Health Care Settings Are Needed To Improve Quality Of Care
A study published this month in PLOS ONE examined the perspectives of health care staff about their experiences working with transgender and gender diverse (TGD) patients and the perspectives of TGD community members about their access to and experiences of health care. Findings from the study underscore the need to address the priorities of both TGD patients and providers when devising strategies to improve the quality of care. Authored by researchers at The Fenway Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard Medical School), Boston University School of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, , and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, “Understanding community member and health care professional perspectives on gender-affirming care—A qualitative study” adds new knowledge to the growing body of research on barriers to gender-affirming health care by focusing on the experiences of health care staff and TGD community members who live and work in rural areas.
Transgender people who have access to gender-affirming surgery report better mental health outcomes, according to a new study. The report, published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery, compared the psychological distress levels, suicide risk and substance use in transgender and gender diverse people who had undergone gender-affirming surgery with those who wanted such procedures but had not yet had them. “This study adds to a growing body of evidence showing affirmation in all forms can be life-saving for trans and gender-diverse people,” said lead author Anthony Almazan, a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. “Policies that limit access to care can put lives at risk. Our evidence shows we should be expanding gender-affirming care, not limiting it.” You can read the NBC story here.
All Federally Qualified Health Centers and FQHC look-alikes are invited to apply for the Spring 2021 cohort TransECHO program. TransECHO uses the ECHO case-based learning model to engage health systems in collaborating to improve health care for transgender and gender-diverse patients. Each monthly session includes a didactic presentation and case studies presented for group consultation.
TransECHO is a free program and CME credits are available.
New Journal Article: Screening, Counseling, and Shared Decision Making for Alcohol Use with Transgender and Gender-Diverse Populations
“Screening, Counseling, and Shared Decision Making for Alcohol Use with Transgender and Gender-Diverse Populations” was recently published in the journal LGBT Health. Authored by Director of Education and Training Programs, Dr. Alex S. Keuroghlian and Jacob Arellano-Anderson, this article discusses how current alcohol screening tools and guidelines do not distinguish between sex- and gender-related characteristics.
Paper calls for new psychiatric practices that affirm transgender and gender-diverse patients without pathologizing diagnoses
An editorial published in The British Journal of Psychiatry calls for the development of alternative psychiatric care frameworks that affirm transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) people without pathologizing them through clinical diagnoses. The editorial was authored by researchers at The Fenway Institute and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and adds to a growing body of literature demonstrating the need to uncouple gender diversity from the stigma of diagnostic classification.
Advancing Excellence in Transgender Health was developed in response to the high volume of queries from clinicians and health care staff seeking to learn about providing high-quality care for adults, adolescents, and children who are questioning their gender identity or who identify as transgender or gender-diverse.