Author Mary Sobralske, PhD, MSN, CFNP, CTN, RN, is a Family Nurse Practitioner (pediatric orthopedics), and a Certified Transcultural Nurse at Shriners Hospitals for Children–Honolulu, Hawaii.
Primary care needs of patients who have undergone gender reassignment
Version of Record online: 6 OCT 2005
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 133–138, April 2005
How to Cite
Sobralske, M. (2005), Primary care needs of patients who have undergone gender reassignment. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 17: 133–138. doi: 10.1111/j.1041-2972.2005.0021.x
- Issue online: 6 OCT 2005
- Version of Record online: 6 OCT 2005
- Gender reassignment;
- gender identity disorder;
- primary care
The purpose of this article is to inform nurse practitioners (NPs) about the primary care needs of patients who have undergone gender reassignment, either by hormone therapy alone or in conjunction with surgery.
Data sources used were mainly from a review of the literature about gender identity disorder and gender reassignment. Information was also gathered from several leading surgeons on gender reassignment surgical procedures and subsequent clinical considerations.
There is very little written on the primary care clinical ramifications of transsexual patients and how clinicians can adapt their approaches to healthcare delivery to accommodate their special situations.
Implications for practice
Implications for practice include how an NP can adapt clinical practice approaches to provide for patients who have undergone gender reassignment. Changes that occur in the transsexual process may warrant noncustomary primary healthcare screening and examination.