B – Gender-sensitive reporting in medical research

Heidari S, Abdool Karim Q, Auerbach JD, et al. Gender-sensitive reporting in medical research. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2012;15(11)
(doi: 10.1186/1758-2652-15-11)

Women are still underrepresented in clinical trials, and even in studies in which both men and women participate, systematic analysis of data to identify potential sex-based differences is lacking. This article suggests important steps that could be taken to address the gender imbalance: inclusion of a gender perspective in the next Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) guideline revision; sensitizing the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) to emphasize in their Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (URM) the ethical obligation of authors to present data analyzed by sex as a matter of routine; and requiring journal editors to include gender analyses into their editorial policies.