Gender issues in health

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Introduction

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Gender issues in health is both a well-established domain in healthcare and an emerging one due to a rise in demand for resources that address diversity and transitional gender identities. The topic examines a range of health issues and attitudes that affect the needs of people and genders differently. All kinds of questions are asked today about how genders differ in receiving healthcare and how individuals can be cared for specifically and adequately across the lifespan. Questions about the quality of patient care (and information) that genders receive, including the elderly and those in ethnic populations, have generated a great interest in change, but new mandates by various governments have prompted calls for a complete rethinking of issues. Among several areas in health, there is growing awareness of the need to initiate better research and studies that identify gender issues in delivery, and to recognize and assess disease symptoms in this context. This extends to areas such as the improvement of diagnosis and prognosis based on gender, and gender issues as they affect health generally.

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