September 1, 2020

Better Science with Sex and Gender: A Primer for Health Research

Sex and gender in health research

Sex and gender are increasingly being recognized as important health determinants and essential aspects of health research (Grant & Ballem, 2000; Greaves et al., 1999; Health Canada, 2000). This primer is intended to help researchers understand how sex and gender contribute to health and to suggest ways to incorporate this understanding into their research practices. Incorporating sex and gender into health research contributes to better science and to improving the lives of women and men, boys and girls.