New Study Finds That Trans Patients Have Probems In the ER
The Annals of Emergency Medicine published a new paper yesterday (free to read online) concerning the experiences of transfolk in Ontario, Canada when they required Emergency Room (ER) care.The findings were less than positive.
More than half the respondents in the survey reported having some sort of negative ER experience, “most commonly hurtful or insulting language or being told the provider did not know enough to provide care.” The latter resulted in the transfolk “having to provide some amount of education to their physicians with regard to trans issues.” Other reported negative experiences included both partial and complete refusal of care. Because of either negative experiences or the fear of negative experiences, one in five respondents said that they had avoided the ER in a situation where they needed it.
Sadly, these results are not surprising. The potential for refusal of care is concerning enough; but to think that someone intentionally denied themselves care because of the fear of transphobia? Terrible, awful, horrible that such a thing could be.
As we move into 2014, there’s seems to be a lot of momentum in trans social issues, much of it positive. Let’s hope that the momentum affects health care as well as the public square.