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Attention Increases to Transgender Health in the United States but Scientific Knowledge Gaps Remain

Published in: LGBT Health, 2015

Posted on RAND.org on March 17, 2015

by Sarah MacCarthy, Sari L. Reisner, Amy Nunn, Amaya Perez-Brumer, Don Operario

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Attention to transgender health has dramatically increased in the U.S. Scientific knowledge gaps in empirical research, however, remain and act as barriers to achieving transgender-related health equity. We conducted a search using PubMed and PsycINFO to identify gaps in empirical, peer-reviewed publications related to adult transgender health in the U.S. between 1981 and 2013. We synthesized these findings and commented on opportunities for improving health research. Reducing health disparities and advancing transgender-related health equity requires greater investment in research that addresses current gaps to more comprehensively respond to the diverse health needs of transgender people.

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