What to know about gender bias in healthcare

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What to know about gender bias in healthcare

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In this Medical News Today article, you'll learn about:

  • Disbelief in symptoms

" Stereotypes about gender affect how doctors treat illnesses and approach their patients. For example, a 2018 study found that doctors often view men with chronic pain as “brave” or “stoic,” but view women with chronic pain as “emotional” or “hysterical.” "

  • Gender and sex biases

" Because most cultures place a higher value on men and masculinity, gender bias affects women and girls most severely. Gender bias can also affect others whom people perceive as feminine, such as trans and nonbinary people. In addition, this bias can impact boys and men who feel pressure to conform to rigid gender norms. "

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