Gender Stereotypes in Research and Clinical Care

Wednesday, October 23, 2019,
4-5pm ET (1-2pm PT)

The Canadian Institute of Gender and Health distinguishes between sex-related (biological) factors and gender-related (sociocultural and identity) factors that affect health and disease. Gender stereotypes can have a profound influence on research findings and clinical care, but remain poorly recognized by researchers and clinicians alike. Only by accounting for gender in research design, data collection, analysis, and knowledge translation will we be able to equitably deliver the best treatment to the right people at the right time at the right dose, in the spirit of personalized health.

Are your research findings gender biased? Does the clinical care practiced in your setting reflect negative gender stereotypes? Unconscious bias can skew research findings and influence the way we treat patients.

The goal of this webinar was to identify how gender roles, gender identity, and gender relations shape stereotypes that negatively influence research findings and clinical care, and to propose corrective solutions. Unconscious gender bias represents implicit attitudes, stereotypes, motivations, or assumptions that can occur without one’s knowledge, control, or intent.

Led by Cara Tannenbaum, MD, Msc, Scientific Director of the Institute of Gender and Health of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Montreal, the webinar explained how unconscious gender stereotypes permeate our diagnostic and research tools, our language, and even our therapeutic management strategies for older men and women. Dr. Tannenbaum provided concrete examples and propose the latest approaches to mitigate gender bias, change the way we collect and analyze data, and apply evidence to improve the health of aging populations.

The free, one-hour webinar explored:

  • How do gender roles, gender identity, and gender relations shape stereotypes that influence clinical care?
  • How do gender stereotypes influence “normal” clinical or diagnostic standards ?
  • How do gender stereotypes create stigma that influence how patients seek care or enroll in studies?
  • How do gender stereotypes affect LGBTQ patient care and research?
  • What are research priorities and strategies for overcoming gender stereotypes?
  • What are cognitive steps to integrate sex and gender into teaching and clinical practice?

A Q&A, moderated by Stephen Kritchevsky, PhD, followed.

Watch a recording of the presentation here.

View Dr. Tannenbaum's presentation slides here.

Access the Canadian Institutes of Health's Sex and Gender Training Modules here.

About the Presenter and Moderator

Cara Tannenbaum, MD, MSc

Cara Tannenbaum, MD, MSc


Scientific Director, Institute of Gender and Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Professor, Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy, Université de Montréal.

Director, Incontinence Clinic, Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal

Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph.D.

Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph.D.


Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine and Translational Science at Wake Forest School of Medicine where he serves as Director of the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention, and Wake Forest Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. He is also an Associate Director of the Wake Forest Clinical and Translational Science Institute.