Why care about women’s health research?

Proper healthcare begins with equitable and inclusive research. For too long, women’s health hasn’t received the attention it needs. We’re working to change that and reminding Canadians we all have a reason to care.

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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.

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Why Care?

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.

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