Amy Nelson

Date of Award


Document Type



College of Nursing

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Project Mentor

Jennifer Fricas


Lauren Valk Lawson


The transgender community is one of many marginalized populations. There are a variety of factors that influence the healthcare experiences and quality of care that members of the community receive. Some aspects of the difficulties experienced are widespread and not limited to transgender individuals while others are exclusively experienced by transgender patients related to their unique needs. Transgender patients agree that issues identified by providers, like access to insurance and lack of protocols and provider education, are indeed barriers. However, transgender patients have identified other issues, like stigma and discrimination, to be more significant barriers to their accessing healthcare. Additionally, barriers identified by providers effect transgender patients in a manner that most providers would never normally consider as cis-gender individuals.

This study gathers data sourced directly from members of the transgender community to better understand the healthcare experiences and needs of transgender patients. Findings show barriers to transgender healthcare to be multifaceted and complex. Providers who are cis-gender and have not personally experienced the daily rigors that are typical for members of the transgender community cannot begin to understand the needs of the community without context and education directly informed by transgender individuals.

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