Trends in female representation on NCCN Guideline Panels Journal Article

Authors: Dey, P.; Green, A. K.; Haddadin, M.; Bach, P. B.; Mitchell, A. P.
Article Title: Trends in female representation on NCCN Guideline Panels
Abstract: BACKGROUND: NCCN produces highly influential disease-specific oncology clinical practice guidelines. Because the number of women in academic oncology has increased, we assessed whether the composition of NCCN Guidelines Panels reflected this trend. METHODS: Using historical guidelines requested from NCCN, we investigated time trends for female representation on 21 NCCN Guidelines Panels and analyzed the trends for female-predominant cancers (breast, ovarian, uterine, and cervical) compared with all cancers. RESULTS: From 2013 to 2019, there was an increase from 123 women of 541 total panelists (22.7%) to 175 women of 542 panelists (32.3%). Within the 4 female-predominant cancers, the increase was more rapid: from 30 of 101 total panelists (29.7%) to 66 of 118 panelists (56.4%). Excluding female-predominant cancers, increases were minimal. CONCLUSIONS: There could be multiple explanations for these differing trends, including the possibility of more rapid increases in the underlying pool of female physician-scientists in female-predominant specialties or more efforts to increase the representation of women in decisions about the standard of care in cancers predominantly affecting women.
Journal Title: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Volume: 18
Issue: 8
ISSN: 1540-1405
Publisher: Harborside Press  
Date Published: 2020-08-01
Start Page: 1084
End Page: 1086
Language: English
DOI: 10.6004/jnccn.2020.7571
PUBMED: 32755977
PROVIDER: scopus
Notes: Article -- Export Date: 1 September 2020 -- Source: Scopus
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