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Clinical Trial

Conversations regarding Bodily Autonomy and Reproductive Rights among Healthcare Professionals

With Roe v. Wade being overturned and over 133 anti-LGBTQ bills having been introduced this year, including 111 bills that target the transgender community questions regarding bodily autonomy and reproductive justice in healthcare have become increasingly more apparent and important, especially among health care professionals. Much of this legislation has been passed in traditionally conservative leaning states (e.g., Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, etc.), which rank among the lowest in access to quality healthcare. Despite traditionally conservative states passing most of these bills and policies, issues regarding bodily autonomy and reproductive justice pose a problem across all 50 states and healthcare providers in all fields that directly work with patients and communities. The connection between healthcare practice and limitations in body autonomy offer a unique area to understand how healthcare providers across the country are communicating with patients who are most effected by both government legislation and limited access to quality healthcare (i.e., women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community, specifically trans* patients). This study aims to take an in-depth examination of how conversations and practices surrounding bodily autonomy and reproductive rights are shifting healthcare in positive and negative ways. The overall goal of this project is to explore how individuals working in healthcare fields (i.e., physicians, surgeons, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, physical therapists, etc.) are communicating with patients and their healthcare teams about bodily autonomy and reproductive rights. Given the larger public discourse around bodily autonomy and reproductive rights, our specific aim is to explore and understand how individuals working with patients in physical, mental, emotional, and/spiritual healthcare are thinking about, talking about, and challenging issues regarding bodily autonomy and reproductive rights that directly impact how they are providing care

Eligibility Criteria

  • Given the nature of this project, participants will be selected on a volunteer basis with consideration of the inclusion criteria. Inclusion criteria includes: Individuals must be classified as adults. The primary researcher is defining adults as individuals who are at least 18 years of age as of January 1st, 2023. Individuals must be working in the healthcare field with patients. The primary researcher is defining the healthcare field as anyone who provides or assists in providing healthcare (physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual) to patients. This includes Physicians, Surgeons, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Counselors, and Physical Therapists. Individuals who do not meet the inclusion criteria will not be considered for this study.

Contact Information

    Dr. Taylor Walker

    (740) 243-7318