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Transgend Health. 2018 Dec 26;3(1):225-228. doi: 10.1089/trgh.2017.0039. eCollection 2018.

Engaging Transgender Patients: Using Social Media to Inform Medical Practice and Research in Transgender Health.

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School of Social Work, The University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Questrom School of Business, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts.


Despite accelerated growth in the field of transgender health, mistrust between trans patients and their providers persists. Insufficient education for providers, research that overlooks patients' foremost concerns, and continued stigma and discrimination in medical settings are among the main barriers leading trans patients to delay or avoid care. Consequently, the transgender community often turns to social media as a self-serve resource for medical knowledge. This article discusses the benefits of directly engaging the trans community using social media to educate professionals, drive relevant research, and inform practice, to ultimately deliver higher quality care.


barriers to care; community participatory research; medical education; social media; transgender

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