Assessing and Addressing Women's Health and Health Care

“Assessing and Addressing Women’s Health and Health Care.” By Chloe E. Bird, Rand Health Blog.

Women make up a majority of the U.S. population. Yet research policies and practices often treat women’s health and health care as special topics or minority issues. The resulting knowledge gaps hamstring efforts to improve women’s health care and outcomes even for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among women. Gender-stratified research can produce more effective decision tools and interventions, and in turn improve both women’s and men’s health and health care. Until access, quality, and outcomes of care are tracked by gender, inequity in treatment will remain invisible and consequently intractable. Advancing research on women’s health is essential to improving women’s health care and outcomes.

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