Questions for Healthcare Providers

This is the list of questions for healthcare providers distributed at the 7/7/13 meeting. At some point we’ll use it as a script when calling local healthcare providers. Could probably be sent via email as well.

Please provide feedback and add any additional questions you think are important!

EDIT 9/24/13

I revised this list of questions when I made the info flyer so that it would be shorter/simpler. Unless I’ve missed something, it’s all the same info, just condensed. Scroll down to see the original. Here’s the version from the info flyer.

Survey
• Sex workers are women, men and transgender individuals from every socio-economic level, and have a variety of health concerns and/or complaints, both common and uncommon. Do you feel you and your staff are able to address the needs of this demographic in a nonjudgmental manner?

• What services do you offer?

• Do you accept patients without insurance?

• Do you inform your patients, before an exam or consult, what fee is expected? Do you inform your patients of the added cost of lab fees, if there are any?

• What are your hours of operation? Do you accept walk-ins?

• We are considering providing training workshops on how to better interact with and provide care to patients who work or have worked in the sex industry (cultural competency, etc.). Would your office/clinic be interested in something like this?

Original version

Hello, I’m working with an organization (that advocates for individuals in the sex industry/whatever) to compile a list of clinics and healthcare providers who are sensitive to the needs and concerns of sex workers.

  • Are you accepting that this occupation includes women, men and transgender individuals?
  • Are you accepting of the fact that the term ‘sex worker’ includes people from every socio-economic level, so will have a vast variety of health concerns or complaints?
  • Do you feel you and your staff are able to address the needs of this demographic?
  • What services do you offer?
  • Do you accept patients without insurance?
  • Do you inform your patients, before an exam or consult, what fee is expected? Do you inform your patients of the added cost of lab fees, if there are any?
  • What are your hours of operation? Do you accept walk-ins?
  • We are considering providing training workshops on how to better interact with and provide care to patients who work or have worked in the sex industry (cultural competency, etc.). Would your office/clinic be interested in something like this?

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6 thoughts on “Questions for Healthcare Providers

  1. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    See also: Persist Health Project’s How to Talk to Your Healthcare Provider (here are some of their suggestions):

    • Are the doctors/office staff/clinicians trained on how to work with people who have been involved with/impacted by the sex trade?
    • Does your office regularly see people in the sex trade?
    • I identify as a __________ (use your personal language and expect them to honor your words by using them). I want to make the best possible decisions that make sense for my life. What is the best way for us to work on that together?
    • Would you be interested in learning more about people like me? I can bring you information that we can discuss together.
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  2. SWOP-NOLA Post author

    I guess we should give them a chance to ask questions before we hang up on them. If you like talking on the phone, go for it. If they ask a question that you don’t have an immediate answer to (or if they ask something that you don’t want to answer, or something so ridiculously ridiculous you can’t even begin to think about how to approach it with anything resembling an answer), you can always get back to them after you’ve gathered your thoughts.

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