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Abstract

This opinion piece on Gender Dysphoria explores the background of the condition, clinical presentation, treatment and prognosis, and specific barriers to care faced by transgender patients. The information provided is based on personal clinical observation as well as scholarly research. There is a clear need for continued exploration into Gender Dysphoria as this is a diagnosis all medical providers may encounter in practice. The purpose of this article is to provide a better understanding of the diagnosis of Gender Dysphoria and to highlight the need for improvement in medical providers’ education and clinical skills in order to reduce barriers to care for transgender individuals.

Author Bio(s)

Haley A. Cabe, B.S. RT(T), PA-C, was a student of the class of 2017 Physician Assistant program at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia. She is also a licensed radiation therapist.

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