Think men and women receive equal care after traumas? Think again. A recent study found that women are less likely than men to receive trauma treatment after severe injuries. Dr. Andrea Hill of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto’s research on gender-based inequalities found that, across all age groups, 20-30% fewer women are cared for after traumas. The study and analysis were conducted by observing 99,000 adult patients throughout Canada. After controlling for demographic and socioeconomic factors, Hill and her colleagues were shocked at such disproportions between male and female patient care. Hill affirms that “gender-based disparities in access to health care services in general have been recognized for some time,” and she calls for further research into the underlying factors involved in these gender gaps.
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