Whitepaper: Closing the gender health gap

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Following the publication of the UK government’s Women’s Health Strategy, we explore key challenges surrounding the gender health gap and present how we’re working to address them.

The publication of the first ever Women’s Health Strategy represents a landmark moment for women’s health in the UK, outlining concerted efforts to ‘reset the dial’ and address the gender health gap.

Women have experienced health inequalities for decades in a health system that has historically been designed by men for men. Unequal access to services, underrepresentation in medical research and unconscious bias are just some of the factors that have contributed to the stark reality that you may receive poorer medical advice, diagnosis and worse outcomes if you are a woman.

Indeed, today, women spend around a quarter of their lives in poor health or disability, compared with one fifth for men. And new data we’ve commissioned in the UK reveals over 57% of women feel they aren’t diagnosed correctly after visiting a healthcare professional.

But what are the underlying causes? Our whitepaper looks at the key issues and presents some of the ways we’re working to address them. Read the whitepaper to learn about:

  • The postcode lottery women experience around healthcare
  • Why we need to amplify women’s voices in the healthcare conversation
  • What education and information is required to fill the clinical knowledge gap
  • How we’re supporting the Women’s Health Strategy in the UK