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Sharing Information with your Doctor

In gender-affirming care, collaborative approaches are ideal, but due to potential lack of knowledge, fear, or prejudice, it can sometimes be unsafe. Consent is always sought before sharing information, except in emergencies.

While collaboration is encouraged, it’s not enforced, prioritising the individual’s preferences and safety. It’s crucial for at least one specialist to be aware of all medications and conditions to avoid clashes, especially if you’re receiving care from multiple providers. Transparency and honesty are key for safe and effective treatment.

When considering sharing information with healthcare providers in gender-affirming care, three scenarios emerge:

  1. Willing to Share: This fosters a more integrated care approach, ensuring all providers are informed, which can enhance treatment effectiveness and safety.
  2. Unwilling to Share: While this respects your privacy, it can limit the coordination of care, potentially leading to less optimised treatment or medication conflicts.
  3. Undecided: Weighing pros and cons is key. Sharing can lead to more comprehensive care, but it’s essential to be able to trust your providers. If there’s hesitation due to concerns about prejudice or misunderstanding, these should be carefully considered.

Your preferences and safety are paramount in deciding whether to share information between healthcare providers.

Updated on January 15, 2024

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