Discriminated in illness

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Nobody talks about it, but there is a serious handicap in health services which is lack of adequate medical care for women’s health. In Italy, interest for this new concept of medicine has been growing in recent years and several proposals and projects have been undertaken in the scientific and institutional fields to that effect. Also the Legislative Decree 81/08, concerning health and safety in the workplace has provided new ways of computing the assessment of the risks by paying more attention to sex-based differences.

Besides, recently, in the context of the Expo 2015 manifestation, was presented for the three-year period 2016-2018, upon the initiative of ONDA (the Italian National Observatory on Women’s Health), signed by the doctors and the researchers from the center, by the institutions, scientific societies and the interested social associations, with the aim of protecting women’s health through the improvement of services.

In Italy, 10% of the childbirths still take place in places that are not safe, the sexuality of the young women is not addressed with due securities, female mortality due to cardiovascular diseases, for example, is higher than due to tumors, depression is a disease that strikes two and a half million women, twice as much as the number of men, especially older women, often alone, widows and with children.

The promotion and dissemination of the differentiated approach to males and females in the diagnosis and medical treatment, therefore, in line with “the tips” of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the UN – to encourage the development of new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic strategies that take into account the characteristics of men and women, become essential to guarantee better, more functional, more personalized and therefore, more effective care and treatment to everyone – also in terms of greater  pharmacological safety given that women’s adverse reactions are 1.7 times higher than men’s, and at the same time greater savings for the Health Services, especially in this phase of strong rationalization of resources.

To do so, first and foremost a formative and cultural  intervention for the medical staff is needed, so as to make it approach the sick on the basis of their physiological, biological, psychological and social differences.

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