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Letters Gender dysphoria

Gender dysphoria: a question of informed consent

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 04 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6442
  1. Julie Maxwell, community paediatrician1,
  2. Katherine Clyde, consultant psychiatrist2,
  3. Lucy Griffin, consultant psychiatrist3
  1. 1Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke RG24 9NA, UK
  2. 2Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Hampshire, UK
  3. 3The Priory Hospital Bristol, Bristol, UK
  1. julie.maxwell1{at}

We welcome discussion around the treatment of children with gender dysphoria, particularly the concerns that have been raised regarding the puberty blockers study.1 Although the Health Research Authority’s investigation concluded that researchers did not veer from research norms, we are left with important questions over their use.

Gender dysphoric children and teens are experiencing a crisis of identity. Young people …

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