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Health Care Women Int. 2011 Apr;32(4):263-77. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2010.519838.

Sex is not enough: the need for gender-based analysis in health research.

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Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.


To gain a more detailed understanding of health care utilization patterns, researchers have begun to disaggregate administrative data by a number of important variables, including sex. Our purpose in this article is to confirm the need for sex-disaggregated data in health research, but also to argue that the further step of gender-based analysis is necessary. We focus on a number of conceptual and methodological issues surrounding sex-disaggregated administrative data, and we conclude that sex disaggregation alone is insufficient. Gender-sensitive indicators must be developed and used in order to understand the context of health differences and develop appropriate policies and programs.

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