In this professional ethics article, Dr. Debra Peters of the ADA’s Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs addresses the need for dental teams to be more inclusive of transgender patients, emphasizing the challenges faced by transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals in accessing dental care. The article recommends providing training and resources for dental teams, highlighting the importance of first impressions and effective communication during patient interactions. Practical suggestions include incorporating affirmed name and gender options in registration forms, ensuring appropriate language in interactions, and addressing insurance claim discrepancies. The column promotes creating a respectful environment and cites the ADA Code of Ethics as a guide for enhancing care for all patients.
Peters, Debra DDS
"Peer Review/Ethics: How Can Our Office Be More Inclusive of Transgender Patients?,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
5, Article 5.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss5/5
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