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Diversity and Gender Differences in Treatment

  • Blanca Bolea-Alamanac
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Part of the SpringerBriefs in Psychology book series (BRIEFSPSYCHOL)

Abstract

Pharmacological and psychological research has been dominated by Western-centric cultural and ethnic paradigms. These paradigms are not always gender inclusive and often fail to acknowledge and cater for the existing diversity in the world’s population. This lack of inclusivity has consequences and leads to differential outcomes in mental health in men and women as well as minorities. From a pharmacological point of view the lack of inclusivity may lead to increase in side effects and lack of response to treatment. Multiple strategies can be used to bridge this gap. Promoting the recruitment of equal numbers of men and women in clinical trials, ensuring recruitment of ethnic minorities by engaging these communities and issuing guidelines about inclusivity by research institutions, regulatory bodies and scientific journals are some of the actions required to achieve better mental health for all.

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  • Blanca Bolea-Alamanac
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  1. 1.University of Toronto, Women’s College Hospital and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, WCH Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV)TorontoCanada

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