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Advancing Medicine Requires a Sex and Gender Lens

AMWA Releases Proceedings of 4th Sex and Gender Health Education (SGHE) Summit Addressing the need for sex and gender considerations…

By Girl Power News , in News , at December 26, 2022

AMWA Releases Proceedings of 4th Sex and Gender Health Education (SGHE) Summit

Addressing the need for sex and gender considerations from research to patient management remained the focus of the fourth Sex and Gender Health Education (SGHE) Summit, held virtually in November 2021, and organized by American Medical Women’s Association, Mayo Clinic, Laura Bush Institute for Women’s Health, and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, with support from other national organizations. Proceedings of this important series-culminating program have been published today.

As the new SGHE Summit Proceedings convey, the need for sex and gender to be universally and consistently integrated into healthcare research and for outcomes to be taught across all health professions was a repeated refrain in Summit keynote presentations, during workshops, and in a point/counterpoint panel that was a Summit highlight.

The evidence is clear—sex differences begin at the cellular level—so consideration must be given to the design, analysis, and reporting out of research findings with population representation in study subjects. All stakeholders can be involved in promoting these inclusive practices.

“Sex and gender act differently and independently in ways that may complement or negate health outcomes,” said Dr. Sarah Temkin Associate Director for Clinical Research at the NIH Office of Women’s Health Research (ORWH) during her keynote speech. “We need a broader vision for women’s health; one that necessitates that sex and/or gender are integrated into biomedical research.”

“Together, sex and gender effect the presentation of disease, response to treatment and prognosis as well as communication and behaviors of patients and physicians,” said Dr. Connie Newman, SGHE Summit Co-chair, AMWA past-president, and co-author of the textbook How Sex and Gender Impact Clinical Practice: An Evidence Based Approach to Patient Care (2021). “Also important are the intersectionality of sex and gender with race, cultural community, socioeconomic experience,  geography and other factors that can reveal the existence of health disparities.”

Key Recommendations from the Summit:

CONTACT: Jodi Godfrey, AMWA Deputy Director 
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