• Submit Your Comments by Sept. 29!

    Family Physicians Have Chance to Shape Women’s Health Research

    September 2, 2022, 3:35 p.m. News Staff — The NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health is inviting family physicians, other clinicians, patients and the public to help update the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Research on the Health of Women.

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    Comments on the plan submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET Sept. 29, along with recommendations from the NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health, will be used to guide future research.

    Alexis “Alex” Vosooney, M.D., chair of the Academy’s Commission on Health of the Public and Science, encouraged family physicians to take this opportunity to help shape work that can improve evidence-based care and decision-making.

    “Family physicians care for women at all stages of the life cycle, managing chronic health conditions, reviewing preventive health recommendations and screenings, and providing reproductive and prenatal care,” Vosooney said. “We have first-hand knowledge of where there may be gaps in research as well as information that both patients and physicians want to know.”

    Submitting Comments

    The ORWH is asking for perspectives on

    • modifying research opportunities in the 2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health Research to account for scientific and technological advances;
    • new research needs and opportunities based on the changing landscape of the study of women’s health, and
    • cross-cutting scientific themes (such as multidisciplinary research, natural language processing and artificial intelligence) and research themes (such as health disparities) that should be common to all strategic goals and objectives.

    Responses should be no longer than 300 words on each of these points, and can include a file attachment. They can be anonymous or signed, but should not include any other personally identifiable information or anything that should not be made public.

    For questions, email ORWH health science policy analyst Juliane Caviston, Ph.D., at NIHWideSPWH@nih.gov.