Sexual and Gender Minority Peoples' Recommendations for Assisted Human Reproduction Services

Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, Volume 36, Issue 2, Pp. 146 - 153, 2014

8 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2016

See all articles by Lori Ross

Lori Ross

University of Toronto - Faculty of Medicine

Lesley Tarasoff

Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society, University of Toronto Scarborough; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Scott Anderson

University of Toronto - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Datejie Cheko Green

Western University

Rachel Epstein

LGBTQ Parenting Network

Stu Marvel

Emory University School of Law; University of Leeds - School of Law

Leah Steele

University of Toronto - Saint Michael's Hospital

Date Written: July 29, 2013

Abstract

Objective: To determine what recommendations lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people have for provision of assisted human reproduction (AHR) services to their communities.

Methods: Using a semi-structured guide, we interviewed a purposeful sample of 66 LGBTQ-identified individuals from across the province of Ontario who had used or had considered using AHR services since 2007.

Results: Participants were predominantly cisgender (non-trans), white, same-sex partnered, urban women with relatively high levels of education and income. Participants made recommendations for changes to the following aspects of AHR service provision: (1) access to LGBTQ-relevant information, (2) adoption of patient-centred practices by AHR service providers, (3) training and education of service providers regarding LGBTQ issues and needs, (4) increased visibility of LGBTQ people in clinic environments, and (5) attention to service gaps of particular concern to LGBTQ people.

Conclusion: Many of the recommendations made by study participants show how patient-centred models may address inequities in service delivery for LGBTQ people and for other patients who may have particular AHR service needs. Our results suggest that service providers need education to enact these patient-centred practices and to deliver equitable care to LGBTQ patients.

Keywords: Assisted Reproductive Technology, LGBTQ, Assisted Human Reproduction, Service Provision

Suggested Citation

Ross, Lori and Tarasoff, Lesley and Anderson, Scott and Green, Datejie Cheko and Epstein, Rachel and Marvel, Stu and Steele, Leah, Sexual and Gender Minority Peoples' Recommendations for Assisted Human Reproduction Services (July 29, 2013). Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, Volume 36, Issue 2, Pp. 146 - 153, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2800503

Lori Ross (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Faculty of Medicine ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G8
Canada

Lesley Tarasoff

Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society, University of Toronto Scarborough ( email )

1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4
Canada

HOME PAGE: http://www.latarasoff.com

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health ( email )

1001 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H1
Canada

Scott Anderson

University of Toronto - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) ( email )

1001 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H4
Canada

Datejie Cheko Green

Western University ( email )

1151 Richmond St
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
Canada

Rachel Epstein

LGBTQ Parenting Network ( email )

333 Sherbourne St
Toronto, M5A 2S5
Canada

Stu Marvel

Emory University School of Law ( email )

1301 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

University of Leeds - School of Law ( email )

Leeds LS2 9JT
United Kingdom

Leah Steele

University of Toronto - Saint Michael's Hospital ( email )

30 Bond Street
30 Bond Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 1W8
Canada

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