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Introduction

See also Men's Health and Women's Health

In the 21st century, many questions are being asked about differences between the care of women and men as they move through the health care system. Questions about the quality of patient care received by women, including those in elderly and ethnic populations, have generated not only a general interest in change, but also new mandates by various levels of government. There is an increasing awareness of the need to initiate studies to identify differences in health care, to recognize and assess disease symptoms, to improve diagnosis and prognosis, and to increase knowledge of gender issues as they affect health.

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