Women make up more than half the population of Canada, and yet the picture of our health remains incomplete. Due to a legacy of inequity in the healthcare process, women’s unique health needs continue to be misdiagnosed, misrepresented and misunderstood. But there’s hope: Women’s Health Collective Canada is bridging the gap between research and care to positively change the course of women’s health forever.
Women experience up to 75% of adverse drug reactions.(1)
Only 7% of national funding goes to women's health research.(2)
70% of patients with “medically unexplained symptoms” are women.(3)
(1) Source: Rademaker, M. (2001) Do Women Have More Adverse Drug Reactions? American Journal of Clinical Dermatology 2 (6): 340-351. DOI: 10.2165/00128071-200102060-00001
(2) Source: Partnership for Women's Health Research. (2022). What is women's health research and why is it important? https://pwhr.org/what-is/ Accessed March 2023.
(3) Source: Dusenbury, M. (2017) Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick. Harper One And references therein – excerpt available at: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20180523-how-gender-biasaffects-your-healthcare?ocid=global_future_rss Accessed September 2020.