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Gender reassignment: 5 years of referrals in Oxfordshire

  • Kate Saunders (a1) and Christopher Bass (a2)
Abstract
Aims and method

To evaluate the characteristics of individuals seeking gender reassignment, the frequency of subsequent referrals to a specialist centre, and funding approval. Cases were identified from a local referrals database and data were extracted from case notes.

Results

Fifty-four individuals attended for assessment; 70% were biological males and 30% were biological females. Mean age at referral was significantly different between the two groups. Over half were taking hormone supplementation and three had already had surgery. Further, 24% had a current and 30% a past mental illness. The majority of individuals were referred to a specialist centre for gender reassignment but only two had funding for surgery approved. Paedophilia was a rare but concerning finding.

Clinical implications

Psychiatric assessment plays an important role in confirming transsexualism and in identifying other relevant diagnoses.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Kate Saunders (kate.saunders@psych.ox.ac.uk)
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Gender reassignment: 5 years of referrals in Oxfordshire

  • Kate Saunders (a1) and Christopher Bass (a2)
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