Transgender Health - Overview
With demand for Gender Identity services rising in the UK, it follows that increasing numbers of GPs will encounter trans and non-binary people on a formal transition pathway under the care of the NHS. There are also individuals seeking support either through the private system, or informally self-medicating with products purchased over the internet. The latter scenario has generated considerable concern among the wider healthcare community.
There is good evidence to demonstrate that medical support through hormones and surgeries improves wellbeing, including reductions in anxiety, depression, suicidality and substance misuse.1
For the vast majority of people using hormone therapy, treatment will be life-long. There are both medical and social considerations when it comes to addressing their needs in later life.
The module on Gender Diversity guides the development of affirmative consultation skills by improving understanding of terminology and language, gender identities and presentations, and administrative and legal considerations in this context.
This module is designed to provide an overview of gender-affirming interventions as well as considerations for improving sexual and reproductive health from a primary care perspective.
To get the module underway, start with the pre-test Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ).
You will then work through some individual case studies to cement your learning before re-sitting the MCQ.