Call for Participants: Survey on Healthcare for Transgender Folks

I got the flyer below in my in-box today. While I don’t know this person myself, the person who sent it says that they’re an active supporter of and adviser to LGBTQ youth groups, as well as being dedicated to their own activism and education work. This study has the potential to become a tool that activists and patients can use to advocate for higher levels of appropriate & sensitive health care in the US.

See below and pass it on!

As a graduate student at Smith College for Social Work I am conducting a study to develop a better understanding, from a trans person’s viewpoint, what good care and treatment by a primary care healthcare provider looks like. This recruitment letter has the purpose to collect perspectives from a diverse sample of self-identified trans people. By trans people I mean, in the broadest sense, people whose gender differs than what was assigned to them as a baby.

  • Participants for this must be over 18 years old,
  • able to read and write English,
  • reside in the United States and
  • identify their gender as different from the gender assigned to them to as baby.

Participating in this study will involve filling out an anonymous online survey taking about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. This confidential survey can be accessed at

I am also asking for help with recruiting other trans people for this study to collect a diverse sample of viewpoints. There are three to ways to help with outreach. One is to forward this email with or without the attached flyer to other people involved in the trans community. Second is print out this letter and or flyer and hand to a potentially interested participants. The third is to post the flyer in places highly trafficked by potential participants. If you work for an organization or agency, make sure you are acting within the policies there.

Thank you for your attention and help in recruiting for my study. If you are interested in the findings of this study please contact me at


Ann Coakley

5 Responses so far.

  1. Jolene says:

    Interesting. If you have any knowledge of good research articles on substance abuse in the trans population, please let me know…or if you know how I can find them.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    This looks like an interesting study on a topic that is well worth investigating. Is there an IRB approval or informed consent form attached? I couldn’t find one on the first page of the Survey Monkey survey, nor did I find one on in the links above.

  3. Charlie says:

    Just to be clear, I’m not doing this research. I’m just passing the call for participants along. 🙂

  4. Charlie says:

    @Jolene I don’t know of anything off hand, but the folks who did this study would.

  5. Jolene says:

    thank you!

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