UVA Nurses Study the Needs of Transgender Senior Citizens

 

Of the 1.5 million Americans who identify as transgender, roughly 217,000 – about 14% – are older than age 65. According to a 2011 report by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 97% transitioned (claimed their preferred gender identity that differed from their sex at birth) at age 55 or older.

UVA Health, like many U.S. hospitals, participates in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual Healthcare Equality Index program, and each year offers dozens of learning opportunities and on-demand courses through the National LGBTQ Health and Education Center and the Human Rights Campaign’s Center for Affiliated Learning to ensure clinicians’ understanding of, and commitment to, compassionate, holistic care of LGBTQ patients. (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Christine Phelan Kueter)