, Volume 468, Issue 7, pp 1727-1728
Date: 28 Jan 2010

Gender-specific Issues in Orthopaedic Surgery: Editorial Comment

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While we have long been aware that diseases affect men and women differently, progress towards understanding the root causes of these differences has been slow. The last decade, however, has seen a dramatic increase in research examining gender disparities in the prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of many diseases. In particular, gender has an important effect on many musculoskeletal conditions ranging from osteoarthritis to osteoporosis and fracture care.Fig. 1

Tamara D. Rozental, MD is shown.

In 2004, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and National Institutes of Health organized a workshop to explore advances in gender-based characteristics of musculoskeletal health. At the time, six priorities were identified for future musculoskeletal research [15]: (1) Monitor gender differences and similarities for all musculoskeletal diseases and conditions; (2) Conduct and design longitudinal and cross-sectional studies of musculoskeletal conditions allowing results to be analyzed by ...