New study on trans healthcare in Ireland is looking for participants

The aim of the study is to improve the experience of trans people accessing healthcare.

Doctor talking to patient wearing a hospital gown sitting on a bed. A new study on trans healthcare has been launched.

Members of the trans community are being invited to take part in a research study to share their experiences of accessing healthcare from general practitioners in Ireland.

The aim of the study, which is being conducted by researchers in the School of General Practice at NUI Galway at the School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, is to identify difficulties which trans people might face during healthcare interactions and to communicate these findings to health professionals.

Research shows that the trans community experiences more challenges within healthcare than their peers who are cisgender. Therefore, the findings of the study would function to develop relevant training for medical interns and healthcare providers in order to improve the experience of trans people accessing primary care.

Researchers are now beginning the recruitment process for their first study in this project. The study will focus on negative incidents experienced by trans people attending a GP and will involve a short (less than 30 minute) interview by phone. 

Participants will be interviewed about a specific negative experience which they have had with a General Practitioner. These interviews will be carried out by trained researchers over the phone, at a time of the participant’s choice. 

If participants are based in Galway, researchers can arrange to meet in a private room at NUI Galway. Participants will also be eligible to win one of two €25 One4All vouchers.

The study is funded by the National Doctors Training and Planning programme and is spearheaded by Dr Sinéad Lydon, Lecturer in Quality and Patient Safety, Vice Dean of Equality Diversity and Wellbeing for the College of Medicine, Nursing and the Health Sciences and Dr Chris Noone, Lecturer in Psychology, NUI Galway.

TENI were consulted regarding the recruitment approach for this study. 

Information gathered about participants in this study will be kept private and confidential.

If you are interested in taking part, fill in this quick, 30-second survey:

To find out more, click here.

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