Need for more research on and health interventions for transgender peopleYeimer Ortiz-Martínez A C and Carlos Miguel Ríos-González B
A Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad de Sucre, Sincelejo, Colombia.
B Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Nacional de Caagazu, Coronel Oviedo, Paraguay.
C Corresponding author. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Health 14(2) 196-197 https://doi.org/10.1071/SH16148
Submitted: 28 July 2016 Accepted: 22 September 2016 Published: 9 January 2017
Background: Recently, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) scientific production is growing, but transgender (TG) people is less considered in the LGBT-related research, highlighting the lack of representative data on this neglected population. Methods: To assess the current status of scientific production on TG population, a bibliometric study was performed using the articles on TG people deposited in five databases, including PubMed/Medline, Scopus, Science Citation Index (SCI), Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) and Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature (LILACS). Results: The PubMed/Medline search retrieved 2370 documents, which represented 0.008% of all articles recorded in Medline. The Scopus search identified 4974 articles. At SCI, 2863 articles were identified. A search of the SciELO database identified 39 articles, whereas the LILACS search identified 44 articles. Most papers were from the US (57.59%), followed by Canada (5.15%), the UK (4.42%), Australia (3.19%), The Netherlands (2.46%) and Peru (1.83%). These six countries accounted for 74.6% of all scientific output. Conclusions: The findings indicate that the TG-related research is low, especially in low-income developing countries, where stigma and discrimination are common. More awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity in healthcare communities are needed to eliminate barriers in health attention and research in this population.
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