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A phenomenological exploration of transgender people's experiences of mental health services in Ireland

Delaney, N. & McCann, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3548-4204 (2020). A phenomenological exploration of transgender people's experiences of mental health services in Ireland. Journal Of Nursing Management, 29(1), pp. 68-74. doi: 10.1111/jonm.13115

Abstract

AIM: This study sought to explore the personal experiences of transgender people with Irish mental health services.

BACKGROUND: The transgender community have been identified as an underserved, under-researched community in Ireland and abroad. While there has been a surge in research carried out with the community in recent years, there is little known about the personal experiences of Irish transgender people with mental health services.

METHOD: Interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to inform data collection and analysis of semi-structured interviews carried out with four research participants all identifying as transgender and having experienced accessing Irish mental health services.

RESULTS: Three themes emerged: affirmative experiences, non-affirmative experiences and clinician relationship.

CONCLUSION: Lack of information and non-affirmative experiences are contributing to poor clinician-patient relationships with transgender populations and impacting attrition.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING MANAGEMENT: Nurse managers have a central role in supporting a transgender-positive organisational approach to care by ensuring policies, care practices and the environment are supportive of sexual and gender expression by role modelling attitudes of respect and inclusivity. In order to provide appropriate and responsive services to transgender people, there needs to be in place strategies to enable the development of confident, competent and knowledgeable staff.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: "This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Delaney, N. & McCann, E. (2020). A phenomenological exploration of transgender people's experiences of mental health services in Ireland. Journal Of Nursing Management, 29(1), pp. 68-74 , which has been published in final form at doi: 10.1111/jonm.13115. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: experience, information, nursing, relationship, transgender
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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