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Sexism in Medical Communication

Sexism in Medical Communication
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Author(s): Yasmin Grant (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, UK)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 19
Source title: Research Anthology on Improving Health Literacy Through Patient Communication and Mass Media
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-2414-8.ch005

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Abstract

Communication is one of the most essential skills of the medical profession, however, it is a tool through which sexism and gender discrimination are promoted and reproduced. There is often the perception in medicine and surgery that gender inequity centres on lifestyle, family responsibilities, and childcare issues. However, this chapter highlights that deeply engrained biases in medical communication still exist, and are perpetrated by institutions and individuals, women included. Awareness of gendered language must be raised and highlighted in order to make a change. It is achievable to speak in gender-neutral ways that are inclusive and precise as to not conjure biased attitudes towards women in medicine. Social change must be pursued at the level of the institution, the cultural structure, and at the interactional level of gender.

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