It is widely accepted now that sex and gender have an influence on research outcomes, in particular when it comes to chronic health conditions like diabetes.

For Diabetes Action Canada, it has been critical to include sex-and-gender-based analysis plus (SGBA+) in all of our programs.

This takes the analysis to a new level by considering factors, like race, disability, income and others, alongside sex and gender. Working with the Women’s Xchange, a women’s health knowledge translation and exchange centre based out of Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, our team has ensured that each research program we support has access to a SGBA+ consultation, review and feedback. In addition, we have supported educational presentations for our teams, a series of online education modules and the development of a tool to assess the quality of SGBA+ integration in research proposals.

The SGBA team will also be looking at how to incorporate intersectionality and other factors like socioeconomic status into the SGBA+ lens to improve outcomes for people living with diabetes by ensuring the unique elements of their lives are factored into research projects.

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