SEX-SPECIFIC REPORTING
OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

A WORKSHOP SUMMARY

 

 

Theresa M. Wizemann, Ph.D.
Rapporteur

Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE

          OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES

 

 

 

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SEX-SPECIFIC REPORTING OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH A W O R K S H O P S U M M A R Y Theresa M. Wizemann, Ph.D. Rapporteur Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

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PLANNING COMMITTEE ON SEX-SPECIFIC REPORTING OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH: A WORKSHOP1 NANCY E. ADLER (Chair), Professor of Medical Psychology, Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Health and Community, University of California, San Francisco MARIETTA ANTHONY, Director of Women’s Health, Critical Path Institute FLOYD BLOOM, Executive Director of Scientific Communications, Professor Emeritus, Scripps Research Institute JEROME P. KASSIRER, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine JON LEVINE, Director of the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, Professor of Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin– Madison HAROLD C. SOX, Editor Emeritus, Annals of Internal Medicine Study Staff MICHELLE C. CATLIN, Study Director TREVONNE WALFORD, Research Assistant ROSE MARIE MARTINEZ, Director, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice HOPE HARE, Administrative Assistant NORMAN GROSSBLATT, Senior Editor 1 Institute of Medicine planning committees are solely responsible for organizing the workshops, identifying topics, and choosing speakers. Responsibility for the published workshop summaries rests with the workshop rapporteur and the insti- tution. v

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Reviewers This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by per- sons chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in ac- cordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published workshop summary as sound as possible and to en- sure that the summary meets institutional standards of objectivity, evi- dence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the delib- erative process. We thank the following for their review of the summary: Nancy E. Adler, Ph.D., Lisa and John Pritzker Professor of Psy- chology, University of California, San Francisco and Chair, Workshop Planning Committee Jeanne Miranda, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles Rita F. Redberg, M.D., Director, Women’s Cardiovascular Ser- vices, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center John B. Wong, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Clinical Decision Making, Informatics, and Telemedicine, Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine Although the reviewers listed above have provided many con- structive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations, nor did they see the final draft of the workshop summary before its release. The review of the summary was overseen by Kristine M. Gebbie, Dr.P.H., R.N., Adjunct Professor, vii

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viii REVIEWERS Flinders University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Adelaide, South Australia. Appointed by the Institute of Medicine, she was respon- sible for making certain that an independent examination of the workshop summary was carried out in accordance with institutional pro- cedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Re- sponsibility for the final content of the workshop summary rests entirely with the institution.

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Contents OVERVIEW 1 INTRODUCTION 2 INCLUSION OF WOMEN IN CLINICAL TRIALS FUNDED BY THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH 4 WHY SEX-SPECIFIC REPORTING IS IMPORTANT 5 Early History, 5 The Need to Study Both Sexes, 6 Raising Awareness of Sex Differences, 7 Barriers to Studying Sex Differences, 9 Other Groups, 10 Managing the Data, 10 THE RESEARCHER PERSPECTIVE: COLLECTING, ANALYZING, AND REPORTING SEX-SPECIFIC DATA 11 Collecting the Data: Sex in Biomedical Research, 11 Analyzing the Data: Methods of Subgroup Analysis, 13 Reporting the Data, 17 THE EDITOR PERSPECTIVE: IMPLEMENTING JOURNAL EDITORIAL POLICIES 21 Editorial Policy-Making, 21 Sex and Gender Medicine vs Women’s Health, 23 Preclinical vs Clinical Studies, 25 Moving Toward Broader Sex-Specific Reporting, 26 ix

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x CONTENTS IMPLICATIONS FOR JOURNALS OF SEX-SPECIFIC REPORTING POLICIES OF JOURNALS 26 Nonclinical Science Journals, 26 Interdisciplinary Science Journals, 27 Medical Journals, 28 Suggestions from the Editors, 35 LOOKING FORWARD 36 The Role of Editorial Policy, 37 Statistical Power for Subgroup Analysis, 39 Summary of Participants’ Suggestions for Advancing Sex- Specific Reporting, 39 CLOSING REMARKS 40 REFERENCES 41 APPENDIXES A Workshop Agenda 45 B Speaker Biosketches 49 C Planning Committee Biosketches 59