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Health Canada's sex and gender-based analysis policy

Provides an introduction to the concept of gender-based analysis (GBA). Looks at the issue of gender equality in health and explains why Health Canada is adopting GBA.

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Published: 2000
Gender Basic: final report

Reports on the Gender Basic project of the Centre for Gender and Diversity, which arose from the European Union gender equality policy for research. References a wide variety of SGBA tools and health research which has used SGBA in anxiety disorders, asthma, metabolic syndrome, nutrigenomics, osteoporosis, and work-related health.


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Published: 2008
Sex, drugs and gender roles: mapping the use of sex and gender based analysis in pharmaceutical policy research

A study by researchers at the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research that concluded that the practice of sex- and gender-based analysis has still not been “internalized” or “mainstreamed by the community of pharmaceutical policy researchers. The author’s state that “increased application of SGBA is, in most cases, not only appropriate for the topics under investigation, but well within the reach of today's pharmaceutical policy researchers.”

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Published: 2010
Careful measures: an exploration of the sex and gender dimensions of a deprivation index

Explores whether women and men (girls and boys) have the same experiences of material and social deprivation and of health, and how these similarities or differences are accounted for in terms of indicator development and structure. Examines the opportunities for and the limitations of one deprivation index to represent the different experiences of men and of women in Canada by conducting a sex- and gender-based analysis (SGBA) of the indicators included in the index and calculating the index by sex using Statistics Canada's Census data for Vancouver, Winnipeg and Halifax. Results suggest that a deprivation index may not apply to men and women equally, and point to the need for thorough exploration of sex and gender differences associated with components of multivariate indices to ensure that they reflect the experience of men and women.

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Published: 2012
Elementos para Elaborar un Perfil de Género y Salud

Esta guía describe cómo elaborar y presentar un perfil de género para la formulación de políticas y la planificación sanitarias. El objetivo es usar los datos, la bibliografía pertinente y un análisis de género para mejorar la salud, los factores determinantes de la salud y el desempeño del sistema de salud.

Describes the information needed and the steps to take to present a profile of specific-or several-health -related issues, using a gender-based analysis. Follows the methods described in the 'Guidelines for Gender based Analysis of Health data for Decision Making'. Statistical information forms the basis for a gender analysis, which sensitizes planners and policy makers to health inequalities that are avoidable and unfair, and contributes to developing better programs and policies.

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Published: July 2009
Gender medicine

The peer-reviewed journal of the Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University.

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Biology of sex differences

The official journal of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal launched by BioMed Central. BSD considers manuscripts on all aspects of the effects of sex on biology and disease. Articles published in BSD relate to sex differences and feature articles on the separate and interacting effects of any hormonal, genetic, or environmental factors which cause sex differences in phenotype or disease.

Some topic areas in BSD include, but are not limited to, sex differences in: the genome, epigenetics, molecular and cell biology, tissue biology, physiology, body interactions, and clinical studies focused on sex differences.

The journal also publishes articles about sex-specific factors that counteract each other to reduce sex differences rather than cause them. Of particular interest is material about the biological origins of sex differences in disease models, animal or human. BSD welcomes papers reporting on sex differences in clinical studies or other studies of humans, particularly if they affect the biological mechanisms related to human physiology or disease.

This journal is available worldwide at no cost to anyone online. Submit articles via their online submission form.

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Literature review on effective sex- and gender-based systems/models of care

A review of effective sex- and gender based systems/models of healthcare within and outside the US.


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Published: 2007
Intersectionality: moving women's health research and policy forward

Explores how health researchers, policy analysts, program and service managers, decision makers, and academics can apply an intersectional perspective to their work.  Discusses intersectionality, a new paradigm used to study, understand, and respond to how sex and gender intersect with other variables such as ethnicity and class, and how these intersections contribute to unique experiences of health. (You will be asked to register on this site before downloading but it is free of charge.)

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Published: 2009
Sex matters: gender disparities in quality and outcomes of care

Presents findings about important sex and gender disparities in intensive care use and outcomes, as for example, critically ill women 50 years and older were less likely than critically ill men to be admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) and to receive potentially life-saving interventions, and they were more likely to die in ICU or in hospital. Describes patient-level, provider-level and system-level factors that contribute to observed sex and gender disparities in quality and outcomes of care for critical illness.

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Published: December 4, 2007