ABOUT THE STUDY
The study was designed to confront the lack of formal opportunities for health professionals to learn about the health needs of Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (2SLGBTQ) populations. It explored the conditions under which primary healthcare services are delivered to diverse 2SLGBTQ populations in Nova Scotia. The investigation used the stigma that shapes the delivery of health services to 2SLGBTQ health service users (HSUs) as an entry point to further understandings surrounding how health service providers (HSPs) can be better prepared to meet the needs of 2SLGBTQ populations. Participants included both HSPs and 2SLGBTQ HSUs to explore structural stigma by looking at personal, social, and institutional structures of health service delivery within the NS primary healthcare system. The aim was to inform changes in how HSPs are trained so that they are better prepared to address the health needs of 2SLGBTQ populations, improve their health outcomes, and advance 2SLGBTQ equality within NS and across Canada.