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Study Finds Transgender People More Likely to be Admitted When Seeking Emergency Care

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Transgender and nonbinary people are significantly more likely than cisgender peers to be admitted following a visit the emergency department, a study suggests.

Michigan Medicine researchers found a rapid increase in the proportion of visits with a trans-related diagnosis, from 0.001% of visits in 2006 to 0.016% in 2018, according to the findings presented at ENDO 2023 in Chicago, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting.

A large proportion of emergency care visits by trans individuals was associated with a chronic condition (58% compared to 19%) or a mental health diagnosis (29%, compared with 4% for cisgender patients.) Similarly, hospital admission among trans people was much more likely to be linked to a mental health condition (37% versus 5%.)

Researchers analyzed data from the Nationwide Emergency Department Sample, a sample of hospital-based emergency visits and used gender-dysphoria related diagnostic codes to compare visits between demographic groups.

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