Healthcare Gender Equity: Where Do We Stand?

Jul 29, 2019 | Gender Equality, Health Equity

Healthcare Gender Equity: Where Do We Stand?

Women may not have it as good as men if the allegations in The Guardian are, in fact, true. From medical care to clinical trials, we summarize some of the challenging findings below.

A study by La Trobe University Australia found that women in Australia are less likely than men to receive the recommended medicine for heart failure. The Guardian reports that, in the UK, many assume heart failure “is a man’s disease” and hence unequal care is followed. The University of Leeds in the UK conducted an intensive research study to reveal that more than 8,000 British women have died as a result of gender inequality.

It doesn’t seem to fair with Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Pauline Maki of University of Chicago conducted a study showing that women in the early stages of Alzheimer’s perform better than men on these tests. But as this difference is not factored in to the analysis, disease is often detected later in women precluding earlier treatment.

What about clinical trials? According to some research, women have been excluded from clinical trials more than men, leading to drugs that are less safe and efficacious for them. Elysium Health’s Endpoints evidences that research trials are still skewed toward men.


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