Assessing Suicide Risk and Mental Health Needs in Primary Care Practice

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Many trans* and gender nonconforming persons obtain their healthcare in family medicine and general internal medicine practices, rather than in multi-disciplinary gender programs. Primary care physicians, PA's and NP's caring for trans* patients in community practice often do not have immediate access to mental health professionals, particularly in rural areas. This case-based workshop presents an approach to assessing and managing suicide risk and other mental health needs of trans* patients in primary care, from the perspective of a family physician-psychiatrist practicing in a rural state

Learning objectives

1. List and briefly describe at least 3 key aspects of suicide risk assessment in primary care practice with patients who are trans*. 2. List and briefly define at least 3 key aspects of mental health evaluation in primary care practice with patients who are trans*.

About the presenters

A. Evan Eyler, M.D., M.P.H.

A Evan Eyler, MD, MPH is a family physician/psychiatrist in practice at the University of Vermont Medical Center, co-editor of the books, Principles of Transgender Medicine and Surgery (1st ed.) and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Aging: Challenges in Research, Practice and Policy, and co-author of several clinical practice guidelines. Areas of interest include trans* living in the early years after transition, trans* rural realities, middle/older adulthood, and end of life/palliative care.