Frequently Asked Questions

1. GenderMedDB

1.1 What is GenderMedDB

GenderMed Database is a systematic collection of scientific publications in the medical field analysing sex and gender differences. Both sex-specific and gender-specific analyses have been included. All clinical disciplines are included and classification was performed according to disease entities. Research is furthermore classified into five different categories (Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, Clinical signs and symptoms, Management and Outcomes) to aid searches and statistical analyses. In the database you can search for specific publications or groups of articles using the distinct classification criteria (see also Search).

1.2 What was the pilot project Gender Medicine?

The pilot project Gender Medicine, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) from 2008-2010, built the foundation for the current database. It was the first systematic collection of knowledge about sex and gender differences in the medical field. The general findings of the project have been published (Link) and have been incorporated into one of the first textbooks of clinical gender medicine (Sex and Gender Aspects in Clinical Medicine, eds. S Oertelt-Prigione and V Regitz-Zagrosek, Springer, London 2011). The results have also been featured in the materials for several graduate and postgraduate course about gender in medicine.

1.3 Why do we need GenderMedDB?

Gender Medicine is a novel discipline, which is still evolving and still defining some of its competence areas and its work tools. Some approaches for analysis in medicine are common to the social sciences, but others are different (for details Gendered Innovations Website). In order to build common grounds between distinct disciplines with different approaches and priorities a clear picture of the current state of the art is needed. Interdisciplinary exchanges will be needed to advance sex and gender-specific research in medicine and the achievements in some areas will greatly benefit others. GenderMedDB has been designed as a tool to aid this process.

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2. System Requirements

2.1 Specifications

GendermedDB data is stored in a relational MySQL database. The website is built using PHP; web access is enabled via Apache HTTP Server. We recommend a recent verion of Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari were tested with some configurations. JavaScript has to be enabled.

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3. Background

3.1 Who can use GenderMedDB?

Anyone with a specific interest in sex and gender as research research topics in medicine can use GenderMedDB. The wider research community community, as well as students, clinicians and pubic health specialists, nurses, pharmacologists are all welcome to join.

3.2 How do I gain access?

Since you are here, you will have gained access by now! However, if you would like to point your colleagues into the right direction just guide them to our introductory screen.

3.3 Why do I have to obtain a password?

GenderMedDB has been designed for a specific subgroup of users. Since we have certain upload functions incorporated and we are planning to offer an exchange platform for researchers who are interested in the future, we would like to safeguard your privacy and the product of our hard work!

3.4 How do I unsubscribe?

We hope you won’t have to, but in case just send us a message using the Contact field.

3.5 What do you do with my information?

We ask about few information, when you subscribe. This helps us keep track of the type of users that are using the database (researchers in academia, industry, practicing clinicians, students..) in order to potentially optimize the database in the future. We are planning to offer an exchange platform for researchers as well as teaching and learning tools, but to do this we need to know a few things about the users.

3.6 How do I perform queries?

Just go to the Search window and you will be guided from there. Searching is quite intuitive and similar to other databases, with some specifications which are detailed in the Search window.

3.7 Why is my publication not there?

We do our best to capture all relevant literature and update the database as much as possible. However, in order to identify publications we need to used search algorithms and none of these is perfect. Even if you did the perfect sex and gender-specific analysis it might have not been identified by our system. Please help us in giving us some details using the Upload window and we will be happy to add it.

3.8 How can I upload my publication?

Just go to the Upload window and give us some information about the publication. The PubMedID number, if you know it, is the safest way, but we will find it also with less information. If you want to help us classifying the publication, feel free to do so – we definitely appreciate the help of other experts!

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4. Search methods

4.1 How are articles incorporated into GenderMedDB?

The PubMed library is screened on a regular basis to identify all possible publications that contains our specified keywords. Publications are then searched by a specifically-designed search tool (Link) to identify the ones that truly include sex and gender-specific analysis. Finally, quality control is performed on selected samples to ensure the tool’s performance. Articles then appear in the database, are available for the users and are incorporated into the statistics.

4.2 Are the statistics up to date?

The statistics you see on the website are being constantly updated. There is an automatic function that updates the graphs every time a new publication is added into the database, so the pictures are always a representation of the current data status.

4.3 Can I use the statistics for my own work?

You may download the statistics for your own work, however, we ask you to refer to the database as source (for information about how to do that, see next question).