Irish Times – Unsupported, rushed and unheard: Report reveals women’s experiences in healthcare

The report says that for many, experiences with healthcare are positive, with open and trusted relationships with GPs referenced, effective communication in acute care, and access to services, including tailored female-centric services, when it comes to screening. In terms of maternity care, many also said they had positive experiences, highlighting “listening and empathy, right services, aftercare and engagement with the mother”.

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Here’s the taskforce’s webpage

And click here for the report itself (Women’s Health Radical Listening Report 2021) >>


The Girl Who Cried Pain: a research paper

by Dianne E. Hoffmann & Anita J. Tanzian from the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 29 2001

“Medical schools must endorse, and teach students, an approach that best elicits the concerns of any patient in pain — an approach that does not discount the patient’s subjective reports of pain. This will require attentiveness to the emotional aspects of a patient’s reports of pain.

Women’s pain tends to be viewed as more emotionally based and thus less credible — or, likewise, less credible if indeed it is emotionally based.

That is, women may: (1) have their pain complaints erroneously dismissed as being emotionally-based and therefore “not real” when there is no significant psychological component to the pain; (2) have the likely psychological components that accompany chronic pain be misidentified by health-care providers as the cause, rather than the result of their unrelieved pain, leading to a discounting of the pain; or (3) have the psychological problem that is the source of their pain be discounted and not adequately addressed. All three are inappropriate and reveal a disdain for psychosocial contributors to pain over evidence of organic causation.

Medical professionalism paper in BMJ

Medical professionalism: can it and should it be measured?

Authors: Naomi Engel, Jennifer Dmetrichuk, Anne-Marie Shanks

“Professionalism in medicine is attracting increasing attention from students, doctors, and the media. Medical professionalism can essentially be defined as a set of values, behaviours, and relationships.[1] Specifically, this includes integrity, compassion, altruism, continuous improvement, excellence, and working in partnership with members of the wider healthcare team.[1]>>> read the rest here