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This book provides the first resource dedicated to critically examining gender and sex in study designs, methods, and analysis in health research. In order to produce ethical, accurate, and effective research findings it is vital to integrate both sex (biological characteristics) and gender (socially constructed factors) into any health study. This book draws attention to some of the methodological complexities in this enterprise and offers ways to thoughtfully address these by drawing on empirical examples across a range of topics and disciplines.

Gender, Health, Research, and Public Policy
Gender, health, research, and public policy

This chapter discusses the relationship between prevailing representations and understandings of “gender and health” in national and international health policy contexts and the dominant research approaches and methods adopted in the formulation of such policy. Policymaking and research, the chapter proposes, may be understood as dynamic social processes that interact and bring meaning—including that of gender and health—into being. The chapter argues that the ways in which research and policy combine have significant implications for how gender and health are understood and addressed by policymakers both nationally and internationally. Based on a critical overview of current gender and health policies, the chapter suggests that prevailing representations are conceptually and empirically limited—an outcome derived in ...

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