Sex and gender have a decisive influence on health and illness for everyone. However, these differences are not usually taken into account in daily clinical practice. In order to improve this situation, the Gender and Health Working Group coordinated by Dr. Blanca Coll-Vinent was set up six months ago at the Hospital Clínic. We talk to her about the advantages for everyone, both men and women, of separating people by sex in the fields of research, teaching and healthcare.
Dr. Coll-Vinent started by studying the relationship between health and gender violence and, over the years, she specialised in the subject through her work and participation in commissions. Moreover, for a year now she has been the secretary for the Hospital Clínic Professional Promotion System and one of the initiatives that she has promoted is the weighting for maternity leave, which aims to ensure that hospital staff who have taken leave because they have had a baby do not miss the boat when it comes to pursuing a professional career in terms of publications, research, teaching or healthcare.