Management of ‘disorders of sex development’/intersex variations in children: Results from a freedom of information exercise
AuthorsGarland, Fae; orcid: 0000-0002-6725-7682; email: email@example.com
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AbstractNon-therapeutic medical interventions on the bodies of children born with disorders of sex development (DSD)/intersex variations have been subject to increasing critical scrutiny. In response to recent criticism directed at the United Kingdom, and early moves to consider reform, we report on a freedom of information exercise that sought to evaluate whether National Health Service England is meeting international standards on optimal clinical management of DSD/intersex variations. The study explored what medical protocols are being followed to help inform potential reform, particularly with regard to non-therapeutic surgery. While the exercise revealed limited examples of promising practice, current protocols in the majority of Trusts appear unlikely to meet the complex needs of these children. We identify areas where significant improvement is needed, including data management, consistency in guideline use, composition of multidisciplinary teams and addressing disciplinary hierarchies within teams. These concerns sharpen criticisms of the lack of recognition of children’s rights in this context.
CitationMedical Law International, volume 21, issue 2, page 116-146
DescriptionFrom SAGE Publishing via Jisc Publications Router
History: accepted 2021-02-26, epub 2021-06-17
Publication status: Published