Original Article

Negative Healthcare Experiences, Healthcare-Seeking Behavior, and Mental Health in Tampa Bay Area Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Individuals

Authors: Michele L. Bohlmann, BS, Alex J. Dolan, BS, Nat C. Jones, BS, BA, Brian D. Knox, MD


Objective: This study describes the prevalence of negative healthcare experiences, depression, and anxiety in the Tampa Bay transgender and gender non-conforming population.

Methods: Participants completed a survey encompassing healthcare interactions and validated mental health questionnaires.

Results: In total, 61% of participants experienced conversion therapy and 54% have been denied care. Depression and anxiety are prevalent, with higher levels statistically associated with denial of care; 60.5% and 43% fear seeking mental health or medical care, respectively.

Conclusions: Self-reported negative experiences are prevalent in this population, with a potential association with avoidance of care. Further research is necessary to clarify these potential relationships.
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