This year’s most-read articles on women’s health surrounds racial inequalities, barriers to care, and other topics that affect a woman’s quality of life.
The top 5 most-viewed articles and interviews on women’s health cover topics related to policies and practices that aim to support physical and mental well-being for women.
Here are the 5 most-viewed women’s health pieces of 2022.
5. Addressing America’s Maternal Racial Disparities and Subpar Maternal Care
On this episode of Managed Care Cast, Breana Lipscomb, the senior advisor of Maternal Health & Rights at the Center for Reproductive Rights, sits down with The American Journal of Managed Care® during Black Maternal Health Week, July 19-25, to discuss racial disparities in the United States that has contributed to poorly managed maternal care. Racial disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality and legislations against abortion access are some of the key areas that Lipscomb speaks on, as well as strategies and steps to combat these disparities for Black mothers in the United States, who are 3 times more likely to die from a maternal death than White mothers.
4. For National Women’s Health Week, One Company Emphasizes Cardiovascular Risk Management
In this podcast episode, Joanne Armstrong, MD, MPH, vice president and chief medical officer for Women’s Health and Genomics at CVS Health, speaks on cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of women’s death, the lack of awareness, and the need for screening and care delivery guidelines. Additionally, Armstrong talks about the need for education and awareness for women of color, who are disproportionally lacking adequate resources and systems for disease care management.
3. Women Report Greater Psoriasis QOL Impact, Reduced Treatment Satisfaction With Biologics
An efficacy study using biologics finds that psoriasis has a greater impact on quality of life (QOL) for women than it does for men. The primary end point assessed clinical response rates, while secondary objectives focused on response rate differences according to gender. Gender distribution of Dermatology Life Quality Index score classes showed significantly greater effect of psoriasis for women both at the time of enrollment and at the 6-month follow up.
2. Contributor: In the Misdiagnoses of Menopause, What Needs to Change?
Bruce Dorr, MD, FPMRS, FACOG, explains that despite approximately 1.3 million women in the United States entering menopause each year, many do not receive proper treatment because of symptoms that are not linked to hormonal changes. Although the average woman enters menopause at age 51, early symptoms of perimenopause can be experienced by women in their 40s and even 30s. There are over 30 symptoms, ranging from emotional, cognitive, and mental, and 80% of US medical residents reported feeling “barely comfortable” discussing or treating menopause.
1. Contributor: Helping Women of Color Achieve a Healthier Future
Armstrong writes about studies that have shown that Black, Hispanic, and Asian American/Alaska Native women face worse health outcomes than White women. This inequity is due largely to access barriers to care, and systemic racial challenges that many women of color face. The National Committee for Quality Assurance’s inclusion of race and ethnicity data in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set is just one implementation that can improve health care systems for women of color.