Because transsexualism, transgenderism and gender non-conformity are not concepts usually explored in traditional medical training, caring for trans patients can be confusing for primary care providers. As a result, a group of healthcare providers at Sherbourne Health Centre developed a protocol to reflect and inform hormone administration. While the protocol was originally developed for internal use, an updated document was released online following requests from physicians across Canada for support in the matter.
The protocol includes guidance on how trans care should be approached, feminizing hormone therapy and masculinizing hormone therapy. Also included are tools that may be used in providing care, such as the Trans Care Assessment Period Checklist, hormone therapy consent forms and hormone monitoring summaries for both transgender men and women.
Keywords: drug therapy, gender history, hormone coverage, Trans Women, Trans Men, Trans Care Assessment Period Checklist, hormone monitoring, anti-androgen, LGBTQ, LGBT, identity, transgender