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We are thrilled to announce our panel event ‘BIAS: Gender Inequality in Healthcare and Research’ to coincide with Science Week (8th – 15th November). The live panel event will examine inequalities in women’s healthcare and the healthcare profession and look at how improvements can be made. The event will take place on Friday 13th November at 11am.

The panel will be hosted by Today FM presenter Alison Curtis, who will be joined by guests from the Women’s Health Taskforce and the National Women’s Council of Ireland for a discussion on women’s health followed by a Q & A session

There is a long history of gender bias in medicine with women often being seen as hysterical or vulnerable, leading to their exclusion from medical research,” says Dr Elizabeth Tully, Clinical Network Manager of the HRB Mother and Baby Clinical Trial Network. “This can result in delayed diagnoses and even misdiagnoses of disease in women.”

In relation to gender biases in healthcare, studies have shown that women are often at a disadvantage when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. The expert panel will examine how international research can be applied to Irish healthcare and research.

This includes:

  • 1 in 10 women have Endometriosis. According to the Endometriosis Association of Ireland (EAI) it takes an average of 9 years to be diagnosed in Ireland [i]
  • Women wait 7 minutes longer than men for CPR to be activated[ii]
  • On average, women received cancer diagnoses 2.5 years after men. They received diagnoses for metabolic diseases like diabetes 4.5 years later[iii]
  •  Women are more likely to experience chronic pain yet are more likely to be prescribed sedatives than pain killers[iv]

HOW TO REGISTER

To register for the panel event, please visit the dedicated ‘BIAS: Gender Inequality in Healthcare and Research’ website, which also include interviews with Irish experts, resources and quizzes – www.bias-womens-health.com.  Science Week is an annual event funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

Participants can also join in on Twitter @HRBMumAndBaby using #BiasWomensHealth.

Dr Elizabeth Tully, Clinical Network Manager of the HRB Mother and Baby Clinical Trial Network is available for interview

For further information, please contact: Emer Martin, RCSI/Rotunda Research Department & HRB Mother and Baby Clinical Trial Network, emermartin@rcsi.ie

[i] https://www.endometriosis.ie/diagnosis/

[ii] https://www.womenshealth.northwestern.edu/blog/longer-er-wait-times-women-heart-attacks

[iii] https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-08475-9

[iv] https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/women-and-pain-disparities-in-experience-and-treatment-2017100912562