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Telemedicine for endocrinological care of transgender subjects during COVID-19 pandemic
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  1. Giulia Gava,
  2. Renato Seracchioli,
  3. M. Cristina Meriggiola
  1. Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences (DIMEC), Gynecology and Physiopathology of Human Reproduction, University of Bologna Hospital of Bologna Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Giulia Gava, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences (DIMEC), Gynecology and Physiopathology of Human Reproduction, University of Bologna Hospital of Bologna Sant'Orsola-Malpighi Polyclinic, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy; giulia.gava2{at}unibo.it

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The transpopulation represents a vulnerable population segment both socially and medically, with a higher incidence of mental health issues. During the COVID-19 outbreak, transgender persons have faced additional social, psychological and physical difficulties.1 2 In Italy and in several other countries access to healthcare has been difficult or impossible thereby hindering the start or continuation of hormonal and psychological treatments. Furthermore, several planned gender-affirming surgeries have been postponed. These obstacles may have caused an additional psychological burden given the positive effects of medical and surgical treatments on well-being, directly and indirectly, reducing stressors such as workplace discrimination and social inequalities. …

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