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This journal opens with three demanding subjects: patient partnership in medical research, women’s reproductive health in disaster areas, and the likely effects of the Trump presidency on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in the US and worldwide.
New presidential policy threatens women’s sexual and reproductive health
In his inauguration speech, President Trump promised to govern on behalf of all Americans. But what does this mean for women’s sexual and reproductive health? A key US women’s health expert answers this in a critical editorial: enumerating deep discrepancies between the President’s stated policies and the reproductive health needs of women, its author highlights the many ways in which that policy will need to change, if the presidential promise is to be kept. See page 89
Women’s reproductive health in disaster zones is both compromised and overlooked
Women’s reproductive health continues to fall off priority lists across the world´s disaster zones, from war-torn Syria to earthquake-shattered Nepal. Commenting on two articles in this issue, an editorial itemises the neglect surrounding women’s health needs in these areas, as resources and attention are focused elsewhere. Already trapped by the global gender gap in wealth, education and political power, women in disaster regions face increased risk of unwanted pregnancy due to unavailability of contraceptives and reduced sexual bargaining power. And this, just when healthcare facilities are being destroyed around them. See page 92
In a step towards partnering with patients, JFPRHC introduces a new ‘patient involvement’ checklist for authors
At JFPRHC, meanwhile, we plan to involve patients more actively as partners in the material we publish, wherever possible. In order to build awareness about the presence or absence of patients in research, we are following the lead of The BMJ and others, by redesigning our editorial processes. From 1 April 2017, authors of all submitted original research articles will be asked to complete a form telling us how they have involved patients or service users in the conception, design and reporting of their research. We also aim to reflect patient voices in …
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