This is our community. Medical professionals going through their training, are constantly flip flopping between the cis-sex genders.
Historically, we have protocols, guidelines, standards of care for men’s health and women’s health, but men and women’s health is not the only population that we have to service in family practice. LGBTQ guidelines are available and as family practitioners we want to continue to be up-to-date to the care and treatment of this cliental as well. We have a large LGBTQ community in Toronto and we want their business.
Research has shown, for example, that many trans clients have avoided medical practitioners because of fear or mistreatment or stigmatization and have subsequently not had routine screening maneuvers employed. While there are a handful of LGBTQ clinics and centers within Ontario, the role of the primary care provider is to service ALL. Being inclusive to this community in our clinic, we want to show the LGBTQ community as well as other family practice clinics that we have to remember our role as healthcare providers and to become educated and diligent in treating all, not just referring them back to a LGBTQ clinic or endocrinologist. Their sexual identity is a mere fraction of their health, primary care providers should be ready to screen and treat the rest.
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