THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Population Health
Committee on Women’s Health Research
Women's Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise
Even though slightly over half of the U.S. population is female, medical research historically has neglected the health needs of women. However, over the past two decades, there have been major changes in government support of women’s health research—in policies, regulations, and the organization of research efforts. To assess the impact of these changes, in P.L. 110-161, Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ask the Institute of Medicine to examine what has been learned from that research and how well it has been put into practice as well as communicated to both providers and women.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on September 23, 2010 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academy Press.