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Transgender and gender diverse patients – providing holistic care in general practice

Eugene Priscott, IAN ANDERSON, SUZANNE HABIB

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Abstract

Historically, the medical needs of people who identify as transgender or gender diverse have not been well covered in medical training curricula. Despite this gap in formal training, GPs can make a significant difference to the lives of their transgender and gender diverse patients.

Key Points

  • ‘Transgender’ and ‘gender diverse’ are umbrella terms for people who identify with a gender that differs from their assigned sex at birth.
  • The number of people who openly identify as transgender or gender diverse is increasing.
  • People who are transgender or gender diverse face barriers in accessing healthcare services.
  • GPs can provide safe and inclusive services for people who identify as transgender or gender diverse, as well as their families.
  • GPs can maintain their patients’ gender-affirming hormone therapy.

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