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 is 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 will explain 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 will provide 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 will explore:
- 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 Jay Magaziner, PhD, MSHyg, will follow.
About the Presenter and Moderator
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
Director, Center for Research on Aging, University of Maryland
Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Baltimore, MD