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LGBT Health. 2019 Jan;6(1):34-39. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2017.0262. Epub 2018 Dec 18.

Benefit of Gender-Affirming Medical Treatment for Transgender Elders: Later-Life Alignment of Mind and Body.

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1 Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, Connecticut.
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2 Department of Epidemiology, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island.
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3 Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island.
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4 Center for Health Equity Research, Brown University School of Public Health, Providence, Rhode Island.
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5 Department of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.
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6 Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.
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7 Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
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8 The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health, Boston, Massachusetts.
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9 Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study examined whether older age moderates the association between gender-affirming medical treatment and quality of life (QOL) among transgender individuals.

METHODS:

Transgender men and women from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey who had either recently or never undergone medical treatment were included (nā€‰=ā€‰2420). A moderation analysis was utilized.

RESULTS:

As predicted, participants who initiated medical treatment had higher QOL than those who did not. Age moderated this association. The QOL difference was greater for older than for younger transgender individuals.

CONCLUSION:

Among all transgender men and women, gender-affirming medical treatment can be especially beneficial for elders.

KEYWORDS:

aging; gender-affirming medical treatment; quality of life; transgender

PMID:
30562128
DOI:
10.1089/lgbt.2017.0262

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