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Only in recent years has women's health become an important item on the national health care agenda. Government guidelines that specifically excluded women from clinical trials based solely on their childbearing potential have been eliminated. In addition, Congress has boosted funding for specific women's health issues such as breast cancer and spurred the creation of an Office for Research on Women's Health at the National Institutes of Health. These successes, however, have revealed that much more work on women's health needs to be done. The costs of our national neglect of women's health, both in dollars and in shattered lives, are staggering.

To ensure that women's health becomes a permanent priority for policy makers in the United States, a distinguished panel of experts from government health agencies, business, medicine, and health advocacy groups created Women's Health Research: A Medical and Policy Primer. This guidebook defines a research and policy agenda for the improvement of women's health research and the actions necessary to institutionalize this agenda. Because the public and Congress are influenced by clearly defined and explained research needs, this primer illuminates the large knowledge gaps in research and treatment to spur organized scientific inquiry into these areas. The authors also recommend a broad series of changes in medical student education and in the way research into women's health is funded and conducted. A case study illuminates several critical flaws in our current system of medical research funding as well as innovative approaches to medical research that will be an essential part of any new health program. The examination in this book of recent legislative decisions reaffirms the need for continual action by advocacy groups to demand additional resources for the improvement of women's health.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Reviewer: Shirley Hartlage, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book includes sections on the history of women's health research, current knowledge about women's health, and political policy in the field, as well as chapters about women as investigators and about recommended medical student education
Purpose: The book's purpose is to define a research and policy agenda for the future. Dr. Haseltine asserts that the public and Congress are influenced when research needs are clearly defined and explained by authorities whom they respect. The book is needed to help insure that women's health becomes a permanent priority for policy makers in the United States.
Audience: The book is written for women's health researchers and health policy specialists. It is appropriate for readers at all levels of training. As once the only gynecologist in senior management at the National Institute of Health and currently the President of the Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research, Dr. Haseltine is well qualified as an authority on the subject.
Features: The references are current and pertinent, although occasionally sparse. The book includes a helpful and generally comprehensive index.
Assessment: The book provides a comprehensive definition of women's health research as well as fascinating insights into the ways in which policy in the field has evolved and may evolve in the future. However, it sometimes falls short when defining a research agenda. For example, some of the chapters surveying women's diseases fail to highlight recent findings and to suggest the next step. The book should help women's health researchers gain valuable understanding about political decision-making processes that affect funding. It broadens the definition of women's health research for researchers and policymakers. The chapter on funding gives an overview, some interesting facts, and valuable tips, but it may be disappointing to investigators in that it provides few details and focuses on governmental rather than other sources of funding. The book is recommended for purchase by libraries and individuals for the stated purposes.
Shirley Hartlage
This book includes sections on the history of women's health research, current knowledge about women's health, and political policy in the field, as well as chapters about women as investigators and about recommended medical student education The book's purpose is to define a research and policy agenda for the future. Dr. Haseltine asserts that the public and Congress are influenced when research needs are clearly defined and explained by authorities whom they respect. The book is needed to help insure that women's health becomes a permanent priority for policy makers in the United States. The book is written for women's health researchers and health policy specialists. It is appropriate for readers at all levels of training. As once the only gynecologist in senior management at the National Institute of Health and currently the President of the Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research, Dr. Haseltine is well qualified as an authority on the subject. The references are current and pertinent, although occasionally sparse. The book includes a helpful and generally comprehensive index. The book provides a comprehensive definition of women's health research as well as fascinating insights into the ways in which policy in the field has evolved and may evolve in the future. However, it sometimes falls short when defining a research agenda. For example, some of the chapters surveying women's diseases fail to highlight recent findings and to suggest the next step. The book should help women's health researchers gain valuable understanding about political decision-making processes that affect funding. It broadens the definition of women's health research for researchers andpolicymakers. The chapter on funding gives an overview, some interesting facts, and valuable tips, but it may be disappointing to investigators in that it provides few details and focuses on governmental rather than other sources of funding. The book is recommended for purchase by libraries and individuals for the stated purposes.
Booknews
From AIDS to ZIFT (zygote intrafallopian transfer), this manual canvasses issues and trends in research, policy, clinical practice and training relevant to women's health. Founded in 1990 to redress gender inequities in US medical research and funding, the Society for the Advancement of Women's Health Research offers the views of 16 female health practitioners, writers, and other advocates on the history of women's health research, gender differences affecting disease, women as researchers, the political agenda, and recent gains. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880487917
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword. Introduction and History. Women's health research: an introduction. Women's health research: a historical perspective. What We Know. How female and male biology differ. How one gender difference affects society. Diseases that only affect women. Diseases that are more prevalent in women. Diseases that manifest differently in women and men. Women's health and the environment. Women as Researchers and Participants. Formula for change: examining the glass ceiling. Funding for research and training. Needed: a women's health curriculum and program. The Political Agenda and Priorities. Including women in clinical trials: policy changes at the Food and Drug Administration. Scleroderma: a case study of policy. Women's health research: congressional action and legislative gains: 1990—1994. Conclusion. Index.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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