Rebecca Connolly
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 9, Iss. 4, 07 Apr 2017, pp 151 - 156

Thanks to improved recognition, management, and overall societal acceptance
of atypical gender identity presentations, number of transgender patients
is increasing. Written by a transgender female, this paper draws from both
personal experience and academic literature and discusses what it means
to be transgender and the latest biomedical research into the aetiology of
transsexualism. Clarification of common terminology is addressed to ensure an
appropriate rapport to be built by the prehospital clinician without alienating the
patient during the clinical examination and assessment. Specific considerations
that may present to a clinician outside of hospital, with information about
history taking, drug therapy and mental health challenges surrounding the
condition are then discussed. The paper concludes by stating that paramedics
and ambulance clinicians must recognise the health care needs of transgender
patients and advocate for them to help eliminate discrimination.

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