This is the second post in a small series based on a recent BMJ editorial “Under-representation of women in research: a status quo that is a scandal” by Kamran Abbasi, in which he writes about the failings of medical research.

From the editorial:
“Taking the example of cardiovascular research, Trisha Greenhalgh and colleagues examine the implicit biases in research about women’s cardiovascular health (doi:10.1136/bmj-2023-075031). They argue for greater focus on social and economic factors to overcome implicit biases, and their demand is clear and unarguable: “Researchers should recruit both sexes equally, disaggregate data by sex, and be aware of gendered assumptions and expectations that can lead to hidden biases.” This is a position that The BMJ supports, and we are part of a George Institute project to develop recommendations on sex and gender reporting.”


🔗 Analysis: Countering sex and gender bias in cardiovascular research requires more than equal recruitment and sex disaggregated analyses