Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
CERON-MIRELES, Prudencia et al. Application of gender perspective in papers published between 2000 and 2003 from four National Institutes of Health journals. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2006, vol.48, n.4, pp. 332-340. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342006000400008.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the application of gender perspective in public health papers in four journals published by the Mexican National Health Institutes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 999 papers published in the four journals between 2000 and 2003 was reviewed. Two levels of analysis were considered: a) data presented by sex, providing description of differences between women and men, and b) the analysis of these differences from gender perspective. RESULTS: One quarter (25.4%) of the articles described results by sex. The largest percentage was published in Salud Pública de México (48.8%) and the smallest in Revista de Investigación Clínica (16.1%). Gender perspective was used in only 4.2% of papers; of these, drug addictions, health behaviour and violence were the topics that occurred most frequently. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to assess the application of gender perspective in Mexican health articles. Similarly to other countries, a very small percentage of authors analyzed sex differences, and a smaller proportion applied gender perspective. Results demonstrate the importance of promoting interdisciplinary research that may promote the elucidation of health inequalities between men and women.
Keywords : gender; health research; gender-sensitive research; Mexico.