Women have been consistently under-represented in cardiovascular research. To explore this further a scoping review to understand the barriers and facilitators to women participating in cardiovascular research has recently been published.
The review found that women’s cardiovascular health awareness, and trial leadership, design and delivery issues were influential factors as to whether or not women considered participating in cardiovascular research. Specific issues included inclusion eligibility, the content and delivery of study information, the mistrust and burden of trial-related procedures, and the logistical considerations of taking part.
The authors’ call to action included for researchers to use the findings to inform future trial planning and delivery, and for funding organisations to prioritise and appropriately fund studies that demonstrate a considered approach to addressing sex-representation in cardiovascular research.