Sex [biological factors] and gender [socio-cultural factors] are variables that should be taken into consideration in order to conduct a comprehensive analysis of healthcare interventions.
Why consider sex and gender?
There are numerous differences in how men and women experience health (different conditions, different symptoms), access health care, and respond to therapies such as drug interventions. At the same time there is also great diversity within populations of women and men, including factors related to social determinants such as education, socio-economic status, geographic location, ethnicity, and so on, which may affect access to and use of the healthcare system.
As the importance of integrating a sex and gender lens in research is recognized, many researchers, policy makers and clinicians are seeking expert advice on how best to integrate these variables into their work.
Sex & Gender: The Key to Better Research
Integrating Sex and Gender into Research
Short Term Outcomes
Contributes to a body of evidence that sex and gender differences exist relative to the effects and/or outcomes of drugs and other health interventions and health service provisions.
Medium Term Outcomes
Targeted policies, programs and healthcare delivery models based on better research.
Long Term Outcomes
Improved health of women and men, girls and boys and gender diverse people.
How Women’s Xchange Can Help
Sex & Gender Research Support Service
Women’s Xchange provides a Research Support Service offering expert advice and guidance to researchers on the integration of a sex and gender lens in their studies.
- Initial Consultation
- Relevance of sex & gender to research topic
- Apply a sex & gender lens to primary research question(s)
- Consider methods to explore sex & gender differences
- Map the Landscape
- Review literature with a sex & gender lens
- Query team’s existing data for sex & gender relevance
- Produce thematic overview report
- Enhance Design and Data Collection
- Direction on integrating sex & gender in research question(s)
- Enhance design and method with a sex & gender lens
- Review and enhance existing tools and measures for capturing sex & gender data
- Elevate Sex & Gender in Analysis and Reporting
- Ensure data analysis and reporting incorporate sex & gender variables
- Review sex and gender findings in results, tables, figures, and discussion
- Customized Strategies for Dissemination
- Tailor dissemination to affected or interested populations and stakeholders
The result: Better patient-oriented research.