Key aspects of the clinical management of patients with intersexuality and related conditions—especially policies regarding gender assignment, genital surgery, and information management—are being debated by patients, clinicians, ethicists, and others. Because the clinical data available are insufficient for evidence-based policy revisions, considerable research effort is required. To facilitate research in this area, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) sponsored an interdisciplinary Research Planning Workshop on Intersex in Tempe, AZ, in May 2002. This article presents a summary of the extensive discussions from this 2-day conference regarding research needs and methodologic issues.
*Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry), New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University; and †Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.
Written on behalf of the participants.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant financial relationships with or interests in any commercial company that pertains to this educational activity.
The authors have disclosed that this conference was sponsored by theNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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Chief Editor's Note: This article is the 7th of 36 that will be published in 2004 for which a total of up to 36 Category 1 CME credits can be earned. Instructions for how credits can be earned precede the CME Examination at the back of this issue