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1 Chapter 12: Women and Health Women’s Health Life expectancy—80 yrs (women) and 74.5 yrs (men) Women outlive men, but live in poorer health Have more chronic conditions that do not kill Similar patterns in both industrialized and developing countries Women less likely to rate health as ―excellent‖ compared to men (American and Canadian women) Women and Health Care
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2 Gender Bias in Health Care Women have been underrepresented in medical research for a long time. Increased representation in the last 35 years. Know less about symptoms, causes, risk factors, and treatment in women. Older women are still underrepresented in medical research. Why might this be problematic? Medication effects and dosage in women is often unknown. Ex: Women and Heart Attacks Long-time belief that women WERE NOT as susceptible to heart attacks For those that did---what was true for men, was also true for women Women and men have diff’t heart attack symptoms Men-chest pains; pain in arm; sweating Women-fatigue (70.6%); sleep disturbance (47.8%); shortness of breath (47.1%) Less than 30% report having chest pains and 43% had NO chest pains Gender Bias in Health Care Women receive less aggressive, less adequate treatment than men (ex: heart and kidney diseases). Women’s symptoms are often dismissed as psychosomatic. 25% of women compared to 12% of men say they are talked down to by physicians. How does this relate to stereotypes of women? Power differences? Women’s ability to be assertive?
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3 Gender and Health Care Some health care systems don’t meet needs of women and issues they may face (Ex: Women and the V.A.) Women are more likely to change doctors because they are dissatisfied with their care. Communication is the most common problem.
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