How do sex and gender play a role in medicine? If women aren’t included in medical studies in high rates, how can we be sure that we’re giving them effective treatments? Cosmos sat down to chat with Professor Zoe Wainer, from the Victorian Department of Health, to talk about the sex and gender data gaps in medicine: how they can result in worse outcomes for everyone, what we still don’t know, and how to find a solution.
Wainer (and colleagues) published a 2020 article on addressing sex and gender analysis in The Medical Journal of Australia. That article can be read here.
Originally published by Cosmos as Medicine’s blind spot
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