Informed Consent, what a concept!
The AMA begins its definition of informed consent as:
Informed consent is more than simply getting a patient to sign a written consent form.
It is a process of communication between a patient and physician that results in the patent’s authorization or agreement to undergo a specific medical intervention.
This Campus Progress article suggests instead of the clinical gate-keeping method of admitting a person is a transsexual, which the APA now uses, we simply use informed consent to begin the process of transition.
Informed consent verse pathologization.
PATHOLOGIZE: to view or characterize as medically or psychologically abnormal.
One interview to obtain informed consent to begin transition as opposed to the unbearably long and quite often frustratingly unyielding process of vetting unknowledgeable therapists who never had a clue about transsexualism or any inclination to recommend hormone replacement in the first place. Gone would be the fallacy being forced to live a ‘real life test’ separates the pretenders. At that early state of transition we are at our most vulnerable. That concept is one which is long over due to be trashed!
The truth is, most transsexuals have successfully transitioned in spite of the DSM, not because of it!
That is why transgender people and those who truly care for our mental and physical well being are no longer using the DSM Regardless of Proposed Revisions as the standard of care. We have by default been using informed consent for years without naming the process!