Dr. Nurit Fischer-Shemer
SOCW 223: Practice-Informed Research in Health Sciences
This study looked into the positive and negative effects of telehealth services on the transgender community during the Covid- 19 pandemic. Via collaboration with the gender health. Center in Sacramento, five participants were interviewed utilizing a semi-structured questionnaire. Some of the major points that have been found in this study show that there are about an equal number of positive and negative effects telehealth and Covid- 19 has had on the transgender community. Interviewers noted that they were generally affected by the Covid- 19 pandemic which led to isolation and deterioration of their mental health. Some participants found the telehealth challenging due to isolation and lack of privacy because of the need of having sessions in their homes. Internet challenges were also found to be an issue that compromised quality services through telehealth. One of the positive effects the pandemic has had on the research participants was that telehealth provided more ease for some and did not have to worry about transportation for their sessions. Some also found they enjoyed having telehealth sessions because they preferred their sessions in the comfort of their own home.
There are many recommendations to continue to be made in this kind of study. Some of the recommendations are to have more research participants to collect more effective data. It is also recommended to have more trans-affirming care and to include information on transgender demographics. The main results of this study include how the transgender community has been affected by the Covid- 19 pandemic and what was learned from the study to help increase the needs and more positive outcomes for the transgender community.
Price, Cohen; Girardi, Gina; and Nazario, Miguel, "Telehealth Services for Transgender Individuals" (2021). MSW Capstone Conference. 3.