Background: Transgender people face several barriers to healthcare when accessing services. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the lived-experience of the transgender person accessing healthcare. Methods: Colaizzi phenomenological method was used to delve into the experience. The guiding question was: What is the lived experience (challenges, barriers, and/or difficulties) that the transgender person experiences when accessing healthcare? Results: Initial themes were collapsed to create relevant meanings. Five themes emerged from the protocols and were validated by participants. Overall, the transgender person is vulnerable in the healthcare system due to the lack of representation of their identity, which results in their underutilization of healthcare services. Conclusion: This study demonstrates the need for changes to our current system of healthcare education and practice to provide competent care to the transgender population.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
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Harrison, Bryce E., "Barriers to Healthcare for the Transgender Population: A Focus on the Trans Persons' Experience Accessing Healthcare Services" (2019). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 596.