Zorgen rond de zorg aan transseksuelen

Translated title of the contribution: Concerns relating to care for transsexuals

P. T. Cohen-Kettenis, L. J.G. Gooren, L. Gijs*, M. J.P.F. Ritt, A. D. Boenink

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In the last decade, transsexual patients have increasingly sought sex reassignment (cross-sex hormones and sex reassignment surgery), whilst avoiding adequate diagnostic procedures. They ask non-specialized physicians to prescribe hormones or to perform sex reassignment surgery. Sometimes hormones are ordered through the Internet or obtained from other illegitimate sources. If these patients later turn to a specialized team (for instance for sex reassignment surgery), the obligatory standard diagnostic procedure is problematic: the patient does not accept having to go through a long period of assessment and objective decision-making, while the attending health professional feels pressured by the patient's impatience. Non-expert health professionals should draw patients' attention to the necessity of a thorough diagnostic procedure, thus avoiding wrong decisions and future regrets.

Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)2140-2141
Number of pages2
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Volume148
Issue number43
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2004

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