Transgender Youths' Perspectives on Telehealth for Delivery of Gender-Affirming Care

Gina M. Sequeira*, Kacie M. Kidd, Robert W.S. Coulter, Elizabeth Miller, Dennis Fortenberry, Robert Garofalo, Laura P. Richardson, Kristin N. Ray

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Abstract

Purpose: We aimed to examine transgender youths' interest in receiving gender-affirming care via telemedicine or through primary care with telehealth support. Methods: We surveyed 12- to 26-year-old transgender youth receiving care in a multidisciplinary gender clinic. Descriptive statistics and bivariate analyses were used to assess relationships between demographic and gender-related characteristics and interest in receiving care via telemedicine. Results: Almost half (47%) of the 204 youth surveyed expressed interest in receiving gender care via telemedicine. Additionally, youth with lower levels of perceived parental support were more likely to express an interest in utilizing telemedicine (p = .001). Approximately half (45%) of youth were interested in receiving gender care in the primary care setting, with a majority expressing willingness to do so if their primary care provider had telehealth support. Conclusions: Many transgender youth expressed interest in receiving gender care via telehealth, particularly for ongoing care and monitoring. Increased interest in telemedicine was seen among youth with lower perceived parental support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1207-1210
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume68
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Gender-affirming care
  • Telemedicine
  • Transgender youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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