Karen Lutfey Spencer Speaks on Women, People of Color, and Transgender People Being Doubted by Their Physicians

Published: Oct. 27, 2023

Karen Lutfey Spencer, Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences, studies patient-provider relationships and health disparities. In a recent interview on the show Central Time with Wisconsin Public Radio, Spencer spoke on women, transgender people, and people of color and how they are more likely to be doubted by doctors. Medicine has a long history of collecting data based on men, male animals and male cells, said Spencer. She recommends women, transgender people, and people of color keep a pain diary — a written record of their medical experiences in order to provide doctors with more nuanced data. She also mentions that going with someone to the doctor could be helpful, too.


Wisconsin Public Radio, October 9th