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Gender medicine

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

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Gender and health data and statistics: an annotated resource guide

Contains 103 annotated resources on health data and statistics that take gender into account. Critical for generating evidence on best practices and for advancing and informing health policies, which will improve the health of women and families.

Arose from the “policy dialogue to strengthen evidence to improve women’s health through gender and health statistics,” held in Washington DC in 2010.

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Published: 2012
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
Rethinking women and healthy living in Canada

Intended to generate an understanding of women and healthy living and to contribute to the development of evidence-informed responses to addressing challenges related to healthy living for women in Canada. Argues that healthy living needs to be reframed and embrace a broader concept of health and health issues in order to improve women’s healthy living. Includes (1) an overview of the status of women in Canada and the healthy living discourse; (2) a profile of women and healthy living; (3) healthy living strategies and promising gender-sensitive intervention; and (4) conclusions.

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Published: 2013
Gender matters: Institute of Gender and Health strategic plan 2009-2012

Maps a course for the strategic activities of the IGH from 2009 to 2012, through the Institute’s annual allocation of strategic funding. This money will be directed toward capacity building and supporting priority research areas. Additional dollars will be acquired by leveraging partnerships and working collaboratively with others.

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Women in medicine: will it make a difference?

This article discusses the possible effects of the influx of women in medicine. Questions whether more women in medicine will affect the quality of medical care for Canadians. Discusses enrollment patterns, specialty choices, productivity, the experience of medical school and potential changes in the dominant position of medicine. 

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Published: 1981
Closing the gap in a generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health (Final Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health)

Discusses social justice as a matter of life and death and examines this in the context of the social determinants of health. A girl born today can expect to live for more than 80 years if she is born in some countries – but less than 45 years if she is born in others. Within countries there are dramatic differences in health that are closely linked with degrees of social disadvantage. In its final report, the Commission on Social Determinants of Health calls on the WHO and all governments to lead global action on the social determinants of health with the aim of achieving health equity.

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Published: 2008
Resisting womanhood

This article outlines the authors personal narrative, follows her adolescent development, gender journey, fear of sexuality, experiences with amenorrhea, body image and coming into feminism. 

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Published: 1981
Gender and health eToolkit

Provides practical, "how-to" methodologies and tools on gender that are designed to move health practitioners and managers from awareness and commitment to direct application and practice in policy and program design, implementation, research, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation. This is a companion site to the IGWG website ( ) which has become a premier site for gender and reproductive health information, publications, and networking. The eToolkit broadens the set of resources available to USAID staff, contractors, gender experts, and other public health specialists and service providers. It provides access to hundreds of tools, to other gender toolkits and databases, and to prominent gender and health websites throughout the world. The eToolkit will be updated continuously to include new, relevant tools as they become available. Offline copies of the toolkit on CD or flash drive are available upon request.

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The ties that bind: women and footwear

This article ilustrates the health hazards of women's shoes. Tips on chosing a good shoe. Connection between diabetes and foot health. 

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Published: 1987