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Women are still branded ‘hysterical’ because of chronic illnesses which are under-researched and under-funded

  • Sarah Graham og
  • Olaug S Lian

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Publiseringsår: 2021
Sted: Inews
Type: Internett
Dato: 16. mars 2021

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Women are still branded ‘hysterical’ because of chronic illnesses which are under-researched and under-funded


The Department of Health and Social Care marked International Women’s Day this year with the launch of a consultation, asking women in England to share their experiences of the ‘gender health gap’. It’s a welcome gesture, but it must be backed up by action – and cold hard cash – particularly for the millions of women living with chronic and invisible illnesses. According to a report by the British Medical Association, women live longer than men, but spend a greater proportion of their life in poor health. The report found: “Adult women are over twice as likely as men to suffer from depression, and are more likely than men to suffer from chronic conditions such as arthritis and migraines.” A wide range of long-term conditions are more prevalent in women than in men – including autoimmune diseases like lupus, of which 90 per cent of those with lupus are women, and chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, of which 80 to 90 per cent of diagnosed cases are women, according to the International Association for the Study of Pain. According to Olaug Lian, a Professor of Medical Humanities at The Arctic University of Norway, men’s symptoms rarely become disputed, “even when they are medically unexplained”. Meanwhile, she adds, women’s symptoms are more often considered illegitimate thanks to a combination of medical uncertainty and gender bias.


Sarah Graham

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Olaug S. Lian

Bidragsyterens navn vises på dette resultatet som Olaug S Lian
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    ved Medical Humanities, forskningsgruppe ved UiT Norges arktiske universitet
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