Introduction to GBA Plus

Applying the concepts of sex and gender

Applying sex and gender in the health sector: Mary

Portrait of Mary

Mary, now 65, had a heart attack in 1996. At that time she was evaluated at a hospital, where tests were done and medication was prescribed.

Despite the treatment, Mary suffered a second heart attack in 2003.

Mary’s friend Henri, who is 62, also suffered a heart attack in 1996. He was evaluated and prescribed the same medication as Mary.

Henri has not had a second heart attack.

Do sex and gender play a role?

Could either or both sex and gender have played a role in Mary’s second heart attack?

Select one of the options:

  1. Sex
  2. Gender
  3. Both
  4. Neither