A study published in Psychiatric Services concluded that women who had a history of physical and/or sexual abuse were less likely to receive preventive healthcare than other women. Preventative healthcare was defined as having a physical examination, a Pap smear and a breast examination within the past 5 years, and a mammogram for women over 40.
The study included 47 women who were receiving treatment for serious mental illness at a single urban mental health center. Approximately one-third of the women had been raped as adults, one-half had suffered physical abused at some time in their lives, and over one-third had been sexually abused as children.
3/7/2014 Study Finds Continuing Gender Gap in Medical Research - Although 20 years have passed since the government instituted legislation requiring adequate female representation in medical studies, a recent study finds that a significant sex and gender gap still persists in medical research.
"Sex-Specific Medical Research: Why Women's Health Can't Wait" by researchers at the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Jacobs Institute at George Washington University Hospital finds that scientists still fail to account for differences between males and females. . . .