[Improvement of therapeutic environment—effort to establish the medical center for GID in a general hospital]

Yuzaburo Namba
Seishin Shinkeigaku Zasshi, Psychiatria et Neurologia Japonica 2012, 114 (6): 666-72
Treatment for gender identity disorder (GID) should be done in cooperation with psychologist, gynecologist, urologist, plastic surgeon and extramural scholars as a team treatment. And if possible, it should be a comprehensive treatment with supports of a social worker, a coordinator and an expert nurse. The ethical committee for individual GID patient treatment has already dissolved according to the third edition of the guideline. We call the therapeutic team Okayama University Hospital Gender Center. It treats not only GID patients, but also gender associated diseases such as disorders of sex development (DSD). Unfortunately, there are not so many institutions which meet our conditions throughout the country. In the present circumstances we can't go along with their needs. So many GID patients go abroad and have Sex reassignment surgery (SRS). To solve this problem national insurance for SRS should be approved as soon as possible and many institutes should start GID treatment.

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