We often address women’s health only using gender-disaggregated data. However, “A
women’s perspective on health issues involves an analysis based on knowledge of broader
gender differences than those that can be attributed to biology alone. Women and men live
different lives. It is therefore important to evaluate whether women’s health issues are
disfavored by known health burden estimators in general use.” (Sundby, 1999). What are
your thoughts on the concept of measuring health burdens from a women’s health
perspective? While reviewing the disability-adjusted life year (DALY), do you find that the
data presented addresses the social inequity within populations, and women’s health
priorities? Why yes or why not? Please support your response.
Sundby, Johanne, 1999. Are women disfavoured in the estimation of Disability Adjusted
Life Years and the Global Burden of Disease? Scandinavian Journal of Public Health.
Volume: 27 issue: 4, page(s): 279-285 Issue published: October 1, 1999.
Women’s Health Issues
Hi Wright, I enjoyed reading your post since it was short and concise. You state the main
points without dwelling on unnecessary details. On that note, you give insight into why health
issues that women face should be approached from a different lens form that of men. The health
issues that women face are different from those of men, necessitating a different approach. By
taking a different approach, interventions will be more targeted and effective. The effectiveness
of an intervention depends on its ability to respond to the specific needs of a population. This
female-centered approach enables researchers to engage in more meaningful studies to examine
the health needs of women and the best way to solve them (Brindis et al., 2017). It means that the
women’s perspective on health issues helps with applying the evidence-based practice in
addressing specific problems. Generally, your post was direct and beautiful.
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Brindis, C. D., Freund, K. M., Baecher-Lind, L., Merz, C. N. B., Carnes, M., Gulati, M., … &
Regensteiner, J. G. (2017). The risk of remaining silent: addressing the current threats to
women’s health. Women’s Health Issues, 27(6), 621-624.