Provider management of menopause after the findings of the Women's Health Initiative Journal Article uri icon
  • OBJECTIVE: A survey was conducted to determine current provider behaviors and concerns related to menopause management. DESIGN: All gynecology, internal medicine, and family medicine providers (both physicians and nurse practitioners) within a large Midwestern integrated health system were surveyed about current approaches to menopause management, frequency and reasons for hormone therapy (HT) use, approaches to HT discontinuation, treatments for symptom control, bone mineral density testing, and concerns related to menopause management. Descriptive statistics and chi-square tests were performed to examine frequencies and differences based on gender, specialty, and years in practice. RESULTS: Overall the response rate was 58% with providers from owned clinics, with female providers being the most likely to respond (P < 0.001). Changes in menopause management included using lower dose hormones (74%), encouraging use for shorter time periods (73%), and using different modes of delivery (21%). Most providers (89%) initiate HT use in symptomatic patients, and only 12% initiate use to prevent symptoms. Patients were most likely to discuss HT with gynecologists (78% gynecologists vs 64% family medicine providers and 48% internal medicine providers, P = 0.015). Nearly two thirds of providers (64%) claimed to order bone mineral density testing frequently. Providers' concerns related to information on symptom management, alternative and over-the-counter medications, the risk/benefits of medications, patients' sexual concerns, and maintaining bone health. CONCLUSIONS: We found that providers were responsive to current literature, shifting the agents and dosages they prescribe. Still they are faced with women reporting symptoms that interfere with their ability to function optimally and must continue to help women maintain healthy bones.

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  • 2007
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  • *Menopause
  • *Professional-Patient Relations
  • *Women's Health
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Counseling/statistics & numerical data
  • Family Practice/statistics & numerical data
  • Gynecology/statistics & numerical data
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Education/organization & administration/*statistics & numerical data
  • Midwestern
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'/organization & administration/*statistics &
  • Women's Health Services/organization & administration/*statistics & numerical
  • data
  • numerical data
  • Additional Document Info
  • 14
  • issue
  • 3 Pt 1