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Sex and gender aspects on intensive care

In this epidemiological project we are investigating differences in ICU care that are attributed to gender and sex including admittance patterns, the level of ICU care, discharge from the ICU and mortality.

There are numerous reports concerning gender disparities in health care. There is no obvious rationale for critical illness to be treated differently in men and women. Nevertheless, several studies show a male dominance in ICU populations. Studies have also indicated that men are more often admitted to ICU and that they receive more advanced treatment.

This might be adequate disparities, but since gender bias has been reported as a part of inequality in other fields of health care it becomes important to investigate what this difference in ICU populations depends upon.

In this epidemiological project we are investigating differences in ICU care that are attributed to gender and sex including admittance patterns, the level of ICU care, discharge from the ICU and mortality. Furthermore, we are also investigating if gender and sex influence care in the perioperative period for patients undergoing major surgery.

This project will generate new knowledge about differences in the care of critically ill patients and can provide a basis for increased awareness of gender equality in intensive care.

Group members

Selected publications

Sex and gender aspects on intensive care. A cohort study.
Zettersten E, Jäderling G, Bell M, Larsson E
J Crit Care 2019 Oct;55():22-27

The impact of patient sex on intensive care unit admission: a blinded randomized survey.
Zettersten E, Jäderling G, Larsson E, Bell M
Sci Rep 2019 Oct;9(1):14222

The influence of gender on ICU admittance.
Larsson E, Zettersten E, Jäderling G, Ohlsson A, Bell M
Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med 2015 Dec;23():108

Research support

  • Stockholm County Council (ALF)
  • The Swedish Society of Medicine
  • Karolinska Institutet

Contact

Emma Larsson

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