Integrating and evaluating sex and gender in health research

by Suzanne Day, Robin Mason, Stephanie Lagosky et al.
Health Research Policy and Systems, 2016 14:75 – Published: 10 October 2016

5 pp. 352 kB

Both sex (biological factors) and gender (socio-cultural factors) shape health. To produce the best possible health research evidence, it is essential to integrate sex and gender considerations throughout the research process. Despite growing recognition of the importance of these factors, progress towards sex and gender integration as standard practice has been both slow and uneven in health research. In this commentary, the authors examine the challenges of integrating sex and gender from the research perspective, as well as strategies that can be used by researchers, funders and journal editors to address these challenges.

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