Q&A: How providers can better care for transgender patients

Individualized health care can be a positive first step “that goes a long way” for primary care physicians looking to create a safe, respectful environment for transgender patients, according to Olivia T. Van Gerwen, MD.
However, the health care system could do much more to support both these patients and providers, said Van Gerwen, an assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Van Gerwen, who is currently working to develop curriculum to better support medical students’ understanding of gender-affirming care,

Individualized health care can be a positive first step “that goes a long way” for primary care physicians looking to create a safe, respectful environment for transgender patients, according to Olivia T. Van Gerwen, MD.
However, the health care system could do much more to support both these patients and providers, said Van Gerwen, an assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Van Gerwen, who is currently working to develop curriculum to better support medical students’ understanding of gender-affirming care,