A concrete example of unequal treatment
- psoriasis in Stockholm County Council
Ingrid Osika PhD Candidate
Department of Gender Studies, Gender and Economic Change,
Thank you for inviting me and for the opportunity of letting me share the results of our study
with you. I will shortly present the results of our study “The Laundry Bag Project” and tell
you why we gave the project this name. The study is a concrete example of unequal treatment
with respect to psoriasis and eczema in Stockholm County Council.
I am a Phd student at the department of Gender Studies at Linköping University focusing on
gender and economic change. I have carried out this study together with Senior Physician
Filippa Nyberg, who is the Director at the dermatological department at Danderyd Hospital.
This department was the starting point and the main object of our research. The word
Dermatology is a Greek word meaning the Science of skin diseases. Together, we have
surveyed gender inequalities within skin care in the Greater Stockholm area and also studied
these inequalities from a cost perspective.
The starting point for this project was a question posed by a nurse at a cooperation meeting
for the staff at the dermatological department in 2003. And the question was: Why are the
laundry bags in the men’s shower room always much fuller and in need of emptying more
often then the laundry bags in the women’s shower room?
This study was carried out in answer to this question.
Eczema and Psoriasis
We began by analysing diagnosis statistics at the department.
We can see that hand eczema is more common among women. Eczema and psoriasis together
are almost equally common among both genders. They are also equally common in the
population at large.
There are two treatment alternatives for hand eczema:
The first is in-clinic phototherapy, exposing the hand to ultra-violet radiation and the second