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A Report of the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health & Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Report looked at four diseases – heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s and lung cancer – and how detection, treatment, and prevention was transformed by sex-specific research. The report also dicusses how women are often left out or underrepresented in everything from basic biomedical research to clinical trials, also noting that sex specific data, when collected, is not often published.
Published in May 2013 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women’s Health. The purpose of the study and resulting detailed report was to summarize recent literature and current state of women’s health curricula across health professions, identify key strategies for interprofessional collaboration, and to develop a dissemination plan to share findings from the report and create greater awareness of women’s health education needs.
"Even though slightly over half of the U.S. population is female, medical research historically has neglected the health needs of women. However, over the past two decades, there have been major changes in government support of women’s health research—in policies, regulations, and the organization of research efforts. To assess the impact of these changes, Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ask the IOM to examine what has been learned from that research and how well it has been put into practice as well as communicated to both providers and women.
In this report, the IOM finds that women’s health research has contributed to significant progress over the past 20 years in lessening the burden of disease and reducing deaths from some conditions, while other conditions have seen only moderate change or even little or no change. Gaps remain, both in research areas and in the application of results to benefit women in general and across multiple population groups. Given the many and significant roles women play in our society, maintaining support for women’s health research and enhancing its impact are not only in the interest of women, they are in the interest of us all."
Report from the Office of Research on Women's Health in collaboration with the NIH Coordinating Committee on Research on Women's Health.