What is it about?
The article gives reasons why medical and health reseach, in general, and cardiovascuar research, in particular, should always consider sex differences. It goes on to explain how to do so in the contexts of both a single study and in meta-analyses which combine several studies. A check list of "dos" and "don'ts" is included to guide researchers, with the aim of producing reliable and comprehensive research of relevance to both sexes.
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Why is it important?
Women's health is often poorly addressed in medical and health research, particularly in the field of vascular diseases. Reasons for this are explained in the article. By considering research findings in both sexes, recommendations can be obtained for both sexes independently, to the benefit of both women and men. But all too often the sex dimension is ignored, or inadequately analysed. If the advice given in this article is followed, these important limitations will be avoided.
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This page is a summary of: Rationale and tutorial for analysing and reporting sex differences in cardiovascular associations, Heart, August 2019, BMJ, DOI: 10.1136/heartjnl-2019-315299.
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