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WCRI expert panel discusses sex and gender-based research

Forum shares knowledge from the POWER Study with a broader audience

November 2012

On Monday, October 22, Women’s College Hospital (WCH), Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI) and Shoppers Drug Mart presented The POWER Study Forum: a discussion about cutting-edge issues in women’s health.

POWER Study ForumThe POWER Study, a collaborative study led by St. Michael’s Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), is comprised of a total of 14 chapters including 11 comprehensive data reports covering major health issues that affect women in relation to income, education, ethnicity and geography.

“The POWER Study provides a comprehensive look at the health and health care of women in Ontario and examines health inequities among women and men in the province,” says Dr. Arlene Bierman, the study’s principal investigator and a senior scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital.

“The POWER Study is being used health providers, policy-makers, community organizations and universities across Ontario, and has reached all Canada’s provinces and more than 150 countries,” says Bierman.

“Its findings are informing policies and interventions to improve the health of diverse communities of women, and helping to shape research questions of health scientists and health policy students.

The POWER Study is the most comprehensive study on women’s health ever done in Ontario. Women’s College scientists contributed to five of the POWER Study chapters.

“We wanted to bring some of the highlights of the POWER Study to front-line workers, medical students and members of the public,” says Dr. Paula Rochon, vice-president research at Women’s College Hospital. A senior scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, Rochon also co-led the POWER Study’s Older Women’s Health Report.

“The audience’s very enthusiastic reception, and the many questions, really illustrated that there is a strong interest in this kind of information,” says Rochon.

The complimentary event, held at Women’s College Hospital’s auditorium, was live tweeted and live webcast. The forum was moderated by Toronto Star health columnist Carol Goar, who has called for more widespread communication of the POWER Study’s findings. Highlights of the event included:

•      The importance of sex and gender-based analyses (Dr. Janice Du Mont)

•      Improving reproductive and gynaecological health in Ontario (Dr. Sheila Dunn)

•      The impact of diabetes on women in Ontario (Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe)

•      Health and disability in women with osteoarthritis and osteoporosis (Dr. Gillian Hawker)

•      The implications of older women’s health (Dr. Andrea Gruneir and Dr. Paula Rochon)

Visit www.powerstudy.ca for more information about the POWER Study, or to download all of its reports and highlights documents free of charge (highlights available in English and French).

 

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