Category: Federal Forum Posters
Purpose: Transgender persons comprise a medically complex population for which there still exists a paucity of knowledge and documented clinical experience. Caring for the transgender patient requires knowledge of population-specific needs and risk factors. The published results of a nationwide survey of pharmacy schools by Wilkening GL point to a gap in education regarding LGBT health content in curricula with most responders reporting no coverage of LGBT content. To address this gap, a pharmacist-developed transgender-care-focused seminar will be presented to various medical professionals and students with an accompanying survey to provide data on providers’ self-perceived proficiency before and after education.
Methods: This study will assess whether a 30-45 minute pharmacist-delivered seminar can increase a variety of healthcare providers’ self-perceived proficiency in the area of medical care of the transgender patient via survey administration before and after a seminar. The seminar will be presented to various groups of healthcare professionals in a variety of settings by a pharmacy resident via Microsoft PowerPoint. Subjects covered by the seminar include terminology, DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria, prevalence of gender dysphoria, non-hormone therapy modalities, gender-affirming hormone therapy, and other primary-care-related considerations. A set of eight questions has been developed to assess providers’ self-perceived proficiency regarding care of transgender patients. Responses to the eight-question survey are to be assessed on a Likert scale from 1 to 5. The same eight questions will be assessed immediately prior and immediately following a seminar session with two additional questions, also on a Likert scale from 1 to 5, added to the post-seminar survey assessing the participants’ confidence level and the direct clinical applicability of the seminar. Results of the surveys will be compiled and analyzed utilizing various descriptive statistical methods.
Results: not applicable
Conclusion: not applicable
Ardsley Congdon– PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Resident, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, RI