January 22, 1992

Women's Health Initiative Leads Way as Research Begins to Fill Gender Gaps

JAMA. 1992;267(4):469-473. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480040013002

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ATTEMPTS to redress inattention to women as subjects of medical research are shifting into high gear.

The federal government is putting money where its public statements have been, initiating the largest community-based clinical intervention and prevention trial ever conducted. It is called the Women's Health Initiative.

The trial is a $500 million, 10-year study of diet, dietary supplements, exercise, hormone therapy, and smoking cessation as prevention for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis in as many as 140 000 postmenopausal women. It will involve five of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) 12 institutes in Bethesda, Md.

One of Several  Several other federal government initiatives are outlined in this issue by James O. Mason, MD, DrPH, assistant secretary for health in the US Department of Health and Human Services and head of the US Public Health Service. (See page 482.)Other efforts also are under way to identify priorities, tackle tough