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Transgender health disparities revealed by new study from Harvard

are medically underserved and their healthcare needs incompletely understood in part because they represent a subpopulation whose health is rarely monitored by U.S. national surveillance systems. To address these issues, a new study compared methods of collecting and analyzing data to assess in a clinical sample of transgender individuals, as reported in an article published in , a peer-reviewed journal from , Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the LGBT Health website.

Sari Reisner, ScD and coauthors, , Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, and Fenway Health, Boston MA, compared transgender and non-transgender patients on health measures such as substance abuse, HIV infection, lifetime suicide attempts, and social stressors including violence and discrimination. They report their findings in the article “: Comparing Full Cohort and Nested Matched Pair Study Designs in a Community Health Center.”

“Clinic-based samples and patient-related data are under-utilized sources of information about transgender health, particularly in community-based, urban health centers that typically serve large numbers of transgender patients,” says Editor-in-Chief William Byne, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. “Reisner and coauthors describe a method of handling such data to provide valid results while maximizing efficiency with respect to time and resources.”


Transgender Health Disparities: Comparing Full Cohort and Nested Matched-Pair Study Designs in a Community Health Center ReisnerSari L., WhiteJaclyn M., BradfordJudith B., and MimiagaMatthew J.. LGBT Health. Online Ahead of Print: April 10, 2014doi:10.1089/lgbt.2014.0009.

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