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Tracking Transgender and Nonbinary People’s Experiences During Pandemic Informs Better Care

UCLA Health interviewed Dr. Mark Litwin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, chair of the Urology Department at UCLA, and co-director of the UCLA Gender Health Program, about transgender and nonbinary people’s experiences during the pandemic

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021
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Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic posed new challenges to patients seeking access to health care. For transgender and nonbinary people, such challenges separated them from quality, affirming care and in many instances, paused or prevented life-changing procedures.

A new study out of UCLA’s Gender Health Program aims to understand the ways the pandemic has specifically affected the health care experiences of transgender and nonbinary patients.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it became apparent that studying patient experiences and developing treatments were important aspects of understanding the disease, said Dr. Mark Litwin, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, chair of the Urology Department at UCLA, and co-director of the UCLA Gender Health Program.

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