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Evaluation of physician assistant students' perceived preparedness in providing health care to people who may identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender

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dc.contributor.author Girard, Lauren
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-17T21:02:35Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-17T21:02:35Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.date.submitted 2019-10-17T21:02:35Z en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/34331
dc.description.abstract People who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) face barriers to accessing appropriate, non-discriminatory culturally-safe health care. An important strategy to address the disparities experienced by the LGBT population is to ensure preparedness of students graduating from health care professions. Canadian Physician Assistant students’ level of preparedness in caring for LGBT+ patients is unknown. This study used an online survey distributed to students and alumni of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Manitoba to characterize the LGBT+-related health curriculum, and to determine Physician Assistant students’ self-reported preparedness in providing care to patients who identify as LGBT+. We also conducted an interview with a curriculum developer to further characterize the curriculum and to confirm survey findings. Of 34 survey participants, 32 were included in the final analysis. Most students/alumni rated the LGBT+-related curriculum as “fair” or worse. The topics that students and alumni felt most prepared to address where HIV, sexually transmitted infections, alcohol use, tobacco and other drug use, safe sex and gender identity. They felt least prepared addressing sex reassignment surgery, transitioning, adolescent health, disorders of sex development, and body image. Finally, by using our findings as a needs assessment, we proposed recommendations for inclusion of LGBT+-related health content in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of Manitoba. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject LGBT+ related health en_US
dc.subject Physician Assistant student en_US
dc.title Evaluation of physician assistant students' perceived preparedness in providing health care to people who may identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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