Women’s Health Research at Yale is Yale’s interdisciplinary center on health and gender. Learn more about WHRY and its work here.
In Making Sense of Research Reports in the Media, WHRY notes that “as a consumer, it is critical to know which questions to ask when reading and evaluating a media report of a medical study.” Consider that “for a long time, it was presumed that the results of health studies conducted with men could be summarily applied to women. However, we now know that men and women differ in the prevalence, symptoms, and response to treatments for many health problems. When reading a study report, it is important to see if women were included in the study and if there are any different results for women and men.”