Ladies’s well being within the UK stagnates whereas different nations progress



New knowledge reveals that ladies’s well being within the UK has not improved throughout a three-year interval, with a scarcity of progress in preventive care and lowered satisfaction with being pregnant care inflicting specific concern.1

The third annual Hologic International Ladies’s Well being Index, in partnership with main analytics agency Gallup, is among the world’s largest surveys of ladies’s well being and well-being. The Index, representing the sentiments, opinions and experiences of 97% of the world’s girls and ladies aged 15 and above, reveals worrying tendencies in girls’s well being globally.

The Index, overlaying 5 interlocking dimensions of ladies’s well being (Preventive Care, Fundamental Wants, Opinions of Well being and Security, Particular person Well being and Emotional Well being) assigns a rating (from one to 100) to every of 143 nations and territories. Within the newest knowledge, the UK has stagnated at a rating of 60 out of 100, the identical end result because the earlier yr.1 This represents a fall of seven locations within the international rankings, the place the UK now sits at 37.1

This fall is because of a number of components, together with extra nations being added to the Index in 2022, in addition to different nations leapfrogging the UK. For instance, Poland improved by 4 factors – leaping into the highest 10 nations with a rating of 64.

Notably, the UK continues to lag behind the EU on the subject of preventive care testing, significantly within the areas of hypertension (44% vs 47%), most cancers (19% vs 20%), diabetes (22% vs 24%) and STIs (5% vs 10%).1

The Index additionally demonstrates a decline in girls’s satisfaction with being pregnant care within the UK, with 74% believing such care within the UK was of top quality versus 77% within the earlier yr.1 This discovering echoes a report from the Care High quality Fee, which famous a deterioration in maternity care over the past 5 years. This knowledge emphasises the urgent want for systemic enhancements within the help and care supplied to pregnant girls throughout the nation.

Moreover, different outcomes from the Index current a big concern concerning the emotional well-being of ladies within the UK. Emotional well being is a elementary part of total girls’s well being and emphasises the significance of entry to counselling and help companies. The findings point out year-on-year decline in markers of emotional well being, the place at the moment at the least 1 in 6 girls within the UK reported experiencing unfavourable feelings the day earlier than being surveyed.1 This contains emotions of fear (38%), unhappiness (32%), stress (39%) and anger (17%), all of that are increased than the averages noticed throughout the EU.1

Notably, unhappiness has seen a steady improve over the previous years, with almost 1 in 3 girls (32%) feeling unhappy the day gone by in comparison with 28% the yr earlier than, marking the second consecutive yr of elevated unhappiness.

“This third yr of findings continues to name for motion and enchancment. It’s essential that we tackle these gaps in girls’s healthcare with urgency and dedication, significantly as over 1 in 4 (26%) of ladies have well being issues that forestall them from partaking in regular exercise,”

Tim Simpson, Common Supervisor for Hologic UK & Eire.

Tim provides, “The Hologic International Ladies’s Well being Index serves as a complete benchmark of ladies’s well being to assist fill a vital hole in what the world is aware of in regards to the well-being of fifty% of the world’s inhabitants.”

Dr Ranee Thakar, President of the Royal School of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, underscored the significance of information about girls’s well being.

“As an organisation devoted to bettering girls’s healthcare internationally, the RCOG welcomes Hologic’s new girls’s well being index as an necessary knowledge supply to measure and monitor key girls’s well being indicators,” she stated. “This work underscores the vital want for governments, non-governmental organisations and policy-makers to prioritise girls’s well being and spend money on interventions that places girls’s greatest pursuits first. By means of strategic investments in analysis, decision-makers can guarantee each lady and lady has entry to high-quality healthcare, fostering a more healthy and extra equitable future for all.”

Hologic stays devoted to working with healthcare professionals, policy-makers and communities to drive significant change and enhance well being outcomes for girls in every single place.

For extra details about the Hologic International Ladies’s Well being Index and to learn the complete international report, go to womenshealthindex.com.

Sources:

  1. Hologic. Hologic International Ladies’s Well being Index. United Kingdom 12 months 3 Outcomes. 2022. MISC-09031.
  2. Hologic. The Hologic International Ladies’s Well being Index. Pathways to a Wholesome Future For Ladies. 12 months 3 International Report Government Abstract. 2022. MKL-01055 Rev 002.
  3. Care High quality Fee. [Internet] Maternity enhancements are too sluggish. [Cited: 2023 December 20] Accessible at: https://www.cqc.org.uk/publications/major-reports/soc202021_03b_maternity.

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