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Psychosocial Factors - questions to ask might include:

Social Factors:

What are the expected and learned behaviours of male and female children ?

How might medical literature explore these differences in the diagnoses and treatments of learning disabilities ?

Does a person’s status in society affect their access to certain types of health care for example: MRI, cardiovascular surgery, kidney transplantation ?

Cultural Factors:

Does status as a male or female in a culture influence the individual’s access to health care?

How might certain cultural practices affect the overall health of females in certain areas?

Economic Factors:

Are their differences in the effect of low economic status on access to health care in males and females?

Does medical literature account for the relationship between low socioeconomic status and poor overall health?

Political Factors:

Are there political barriers to medical studies of female health issues?

How have politics influenced funding of research of prostate cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, erectile dysfunction, and other medical conditions?

Educational Factors:

Are females educated in school or by physicians about the importance of Pap tests? Are male students educated about the importance of prevention ?

Might females with lower educational backgrounds be unaware of the medical value of certain diagnostic screening tests ?

This is just a small sample of how the Gender Lens Tool suggests a framework for asking questions about the impact of sex and gender on health.

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