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33 Table 8. Principles of Care of Transgender and Gender Diverse Persons Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Diverse Persons • Exhibit respect for patients with transgender and gender diverse people (do not pathologize differences in gender identity or expression) • Provide care (or refer to knowledgeable colleagues) that affirms patients' gender identities and reduces the distress of gender dysphoria, when present • Become knowledgeable about the healthcare needs of transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people, including the benefits and risks of treatment options for gender dysphoria • Match the treatment approach to the specific needs of patients, particularly their goals for gender expression and need for relief from gender dysphoria • Facilitate access to appropriate care • Seek patients' informed consent before providing treatment • Offer continuity of care • Be prepared to support and advocate for patients within their families and communities (schools, workplaces, and other settings) Coleman E, Bockting W, Botzer M et al. Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender-nonconforming People, Version 7. International Journal of Transgenderism 27 Aug 2012. 13(4); 156 – 232.

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