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Submission Date


Document Type

Entry Level Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

First Mentor

Mariana D'amico, EdD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA



The population of individuals that identify outside of the gender binary social constructs is increasing and becoming more visible. Therefore, it is important for healthcare practitioners to be well equipped to provide affirming care for patients in the LGBTQIA+ community. Findings show that transgender patients have higher incidences of negative experiences with healthcare workers despite healthcare workers having more affirming attitudes. Other studies found healthcare practitioners lacked training and knowledge to provide the best quality of care.


To educate occupational therapy practitioners on gender affirming care related to daily activities, health, and well-being.


Content from articles, videos, and personal interactions/conversations, was synthesized to inform the development of a continuing education program.

Results/practice implications:

The continuing education program was reviewed by members of the trans community and occupational therapists for evaluation of quality of content and usefulness for healthcare practitioners.


There remains a need for education of healthcare practitioners about affirming care for the trans community. The continuing education was identified as beneficial by both the transgender and occupational therapy participants who viewed the program.