Acceptability and feasibility of using a novel geospatial method to measure neighborhood contexts and mobility among transgender women in New York City

William C. Goedel, Sari L. Reisner, Aron C. Janssen, Tonia C. Poteat, Seann D. Regan, Noah T. Kreski, Gladyne Confident, Dustin T. Duncan

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Abstract

Purpose: To date, no studies utilizing global positioning system (GPS) technologies to measure mobility and environmental exposures have been conducted among a sample of transgender women despite the potential salient role neighborhood contexts may play in the health of this population. As such, the purpose of this study was to assess the acceptability and feasibility of a weeklong GPS protocol among a sample of transgender women in New York City. Methods: A sample of 14 transgender women residing in the New York City metropolitan area were recruited through community based methods to wear and charge a GPS device for 7 days to measure daily mobility. The acceptability of these methods was assessed using a pre- and postprotocol survey and their feasibility was measured using objective data derived from the GPS device. Pre- and postprotocol survey measures were compared using McNemar's test. Results: Participants reported high ratings of preprotocol acceptability, as well as few concerns regarding safety, appearance, and losing the device, all of which were maintained after completing the protocol. All 14 devices that were distributed were returned. In addition, all 14 participants had GPS data for at least 1 h on 1 day, and nine participants (64.3%) had at least 8 h of GPS data on all days. Conclusion: The findings of this pilot study demonstrate that the GPS methods are both acceptable and feasible among this sample of transgender women. GPS devices may be used in research among transgender women to understand neighborhood determinants of HIV and other STIs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-106
Number of pages11
JournalTransgender Health
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017

Keywords

  • feasibility
  • global positioning system
  • neighborhoods
  • transgender women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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