Understanding Barriers to Healthcare for Transgender Youth

Child & Maternal Health News

Breland, D. et al. Journal of Adolescent Health. February 2016; Volume 58, Issue 2, Supplement, Pages S3–S4


There are many barriers to healthcare for transgender youth that contribute to low rates of recommended treatment for this high-risk population. Dedicated multidisciplinary gender clinics are one promising strategy to improve coordination of care for transgender individuals; however, only a limited number of medical centers house such clinics. In addition, in spite of clear recommendations from experts, most clinics do not offer pubertal blockers or cross-sex hormones to youth who meet criteria.

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