Research in SCMH has helped shape the Scottish Governments 'Women's Health Plan'

Research into heart disease in women involved a collaboration with Prof Colin Berry, Drs Rachel Jackson and Pardeep Jhund, colleagues in the Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, NHS Golden Jubilee and C. They found predictable and unexpected differences in the clinical care and outcomes of women who experienced a heart attack in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

Their results raised particular concerns in relation to younger women, who should naturally be protected from having a heart attack. They highlighted their results to the Scottish Government and as a direct consequence, heart disease was included in the Women’s Health Plan.

Professor Berry says:

"It has been my privilege to contribute to the Women’s Health Group’s work, including to propose Champions for Women’s Health in Health Boards. The aim is to reduce disparities in healthcare and improve clinical outcomes for women presenting with heart disease at different stages of life.

The Women’s Health Plan underpins actions to improve women’s health inequalities by raising awareness around women’s health, improving access to health care and reducing inequalities in health outcomes for girls and women, both for sex-specific conditions and in women’s general health.

Publication: Women's Health Plan

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RESEARCH

Healthcare disparities for women hospitalized with myocardial infarction and angina

Alice M Jackson, Ruiqi Zhang, Iain Findlay, Keith Robertson, Mitchell Lindsay, Tamsin Morris, Brian Forbes, Richard Papworth, Alex McConnachie, Kenneth Mangion, Pardeep S Jhund, Colin McCowan, Colin Berry

First published: 23 August 2021