Sex and Gender Reporting in Health Research: Why Canada Should Be a Leader
Authors: Joy L. Johnson, Alain Beaudet
A 2013 article by one of Canada’s top leaders in the movement to examine gender differences in health research and practice. She applauds the fact that Canada has stepped to the plate in the funding of national research, in that agencies are required to justify why sex and gender are, or are not, relevant to their research designs. But she challenges the leading health journal editors to follow suit and demonstrate leadership in this area.
In the US, our leaders seem to have taken a similar track. The NIH, as of 2015, requires that sex and gender be acknowledged as variables in preclinical, or animal research. But that requirement hasn’t yet been extended to include research on humans. Similarly, the vast number of journals in the US are not yet requiring that sex and gender be considered as variables. However, a few journals in the US do emphasize women’s health and/or gender differences.
Journal Abstract located HERE