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Health promotion and public health
All genders need comprehensive, accessible and quality routine medical care
  1. Magaline A Alcindor
  1. Medical School, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Magaline A Alcindor, Medical School, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington, District of Columbia, USA; magalinea{at}

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Commentary on: Lee JL, Huffman M, Rattray NA, Carnahan JL, Fortenberry JD, Fogel JM, Weiner M, Matthias MS. “I Don't Want to Spend the Rest of my Life Only Going to a Gender Wellness Clinic”: Healthcare Experiences of Patients of a Comprehensive Transgender Clinic. J Gen Intern Med. 2022;2:1–8. doi: 10.1007 /s11606-022-07408-5. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • Future research investigating the healthcare disparities impacting transgender individuals and potential interventions is needed.

  • Knowledge of the experiences of transgender patients can inspire providers to seek the necessary training to provide equitable care.


Transgender patients have unique barriers to healthcare. Despite greater incidence of chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus, human immunodeficiency virus and depression, when compared to cisgender individuals, transgender individuals are less likely to have had a primary care visit in the last year. Many transgender individuals mention a fear of discrimination as the reason for delaying care. Multidisciplinary transgender health clinics have been acknowledged as an important solution. A few …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.