Transgender and Gender Nonconforming in Emergency Departments: A Qualitative Report of Patient Experiences

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Individuals who have a transgender or gender nonconforming (TGGNC) experience belong
to a marginalized segment of the U.S. population, and healthcare can be difficult for them to
navigate. Although emergency departments (EDs) traditionally serve as healthcare ‘‘safety nets’’ for
vulnerable populations, quantitative studies outside the United States have found that TGGNCexperienced
persons tend to avoid EDs and/or have negative experiences. This qualitative study primarily
describes the ED experiences of people with a TGGNC history; furthermore, the study explores
reasons why this population avoids U.S. EDs and their recommendations for improvements to ED
care.

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