Gender dysphoria in children: puberty blockers study draws further criticism

  title={Gender dysphoria in children: puberty blockers study draws further criticism},
  author={Deborah Anne Cohen and Hannah Barnes},
An opportunity to strengthen the evidence base for these treatments in a particularly vulnerable group of patients may have been missed, say Deborah Cohen and Hannah Barnes, who catalogue new concerns about NHS research practices and decisions to lower the minimum age for treatment before results were published 
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The troubles around the Gender Identity Development Service’s study12 seem to be symptomatic of our wider collective failure to determine whether, and when, we should prescribe puberty blockers, or
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Shaw fails to recognise why journalists have been drawn into reporting on interventions and research in transgender health, and has a duty to examine claims that are brought to us that are of significant public interest.
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Rather than shedding light on the relevant sociopolitical, ethical, and scientific issues, Cohen and Barnes seem to view the complexity of gender dysphoria in adolescence through a narrow media lens.


Puberty suppression in adolescents with gender identity disorder: a prospective follow-up study.
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