Managing trans people within a health service
It is unlikely that any healthcare professional working today has not consulted with a trans person. Referral rates to gender identity clinics have been doubling every five years since the late 1960’s, and services are struggling to manage this increasing demand which has probably been recognised by us all.
In a blog here on Trends in Urology & Men’s Health in early 2018, to accompany her article on male-to-female genital reconstruction, Miss Tina Rashid gave some good advice on how to address trans people, in a respectful and correct manner1. We have now written a couple of articles for Trends on the hormonal management of trans men and women.
We are all hopefully becoming more familiar with addressing and managing trans people, but is our health service responding adequately to this continued increase in referrals and strain on specialised services, that show no sign of abating?
We believe there should be increasing support for moving some of the hormone management of these patients out into other areas of medicine. We contend that there should be greater prioritising of health spend on training and development of trans medicine as a speciality or recognised area of interest.
As committed advocates for our patients at the Gender Identity Clinic, we are strong proponents for securing optimal world-class multidisciplinary services for this growing population. We know our views that reflect this position, but would be very interested to hear others’ ideas and suggestions.
To read the article associated with this blog please click here.
- Rashid T. Addressing trans people. Trends in Urology and Men’s Health January 2018 (https://trendsinmenshealth.com/addressing-trans-people/; accessed 05 August 2018).