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Joining forces to break gender health barriers

LIH-led study reveals European gender disparities in health

23 February 2024 2minutes

The Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) and the Ministry of Equality (MEGA) have initiated the Gender Inequalities in Health (GHealth) study. Signed on February 23, 2024, this collaboration aims to uncover gender-based health disparities using European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) data.

Led by the CARES group, the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) has initiated a significant research project, the Gender Inequalities in Health (GHealth) study, to comprehensively examine the varying health experiences of men and women. Acknowledging the profound impact of both biological and social factors on healthcare access and overall well-being, the study aims to fill existing gaps in understanding these gender-based health inequalities. Through a meticulous analysis of data from Luxembourg and multiple European countries, drawn from the European Health Interview Survey (EHIS), the study intends to inform policymakers, healthcare professionals, and the wider society.

« GHealth’s primary goal is to assess dispartities betwen men and women in self-reported health indicators among individuals aged 15 and above, using EHIS modules covering health status, healthcare utilization, and health determinants, » explains Dr Ruiz-Castell, Ghealth’s project leader. In collaboration with the Ministry of Equality and Diversity, the CARES research group will lead the project. Additionally, the study emphasizes effective communication with the Ministry to convey key messages and results, alongside ensuring optimal project management.

Frank Glod, Deputy CEO of LIH, took a significant step towards advancing gender-based health research by formally signing a contract with Minister Yuriko Backes, who represents the Ministre de l’Égalité entre les femmes et les hommes (MEGA), on February 23, 2024. This pivotal initiative not only demonstrates LIH’s dedication to unravelling the intricacies of gender-related health disparities but also underscores its commitment to fostering a foundation for well-informed policies and practices. By undertaking this endeavour, LIH aims to contribute to the development of healthcare strategies that lead to improved outcomes for individuals across the spectrum of gender identities.

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