Hormones down under: Hormone therapy use after the Women's Health Initiative

Travers, Catherine, O'Neill, Sheila M., Khoo, Soo-Keat, & King, Robert (2006) Hormones down under: Hormone therapy use after the Women's Health Initiative. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 46(4), pp. 330-335.

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Aims:  The primary objective was to describe the usage pattern of hormone therapy (HT) in a sample of urban Australian women in 2001 and to assess the characteristics of users vs. non-users. The second objective was to determine whether there had been any change in usage since the publication of the results of the combined oestrogen plus progestagen arm of the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) in 2002.

Methods:  A cohort of 374 postmenopausal women aged 50–80 years participated in this substudy of the LAW (Longitudinal Assessment of Ageing in Women) project: a 5-year multidisciplinary, observational study. Participants completed an annual medical assessment including details of the use of HT and the reasons for use, as well as demographic and psychosocial data.

Results:  In December 2001, 30.8% of the participants were using HT, whereas 55.4% were ever users. The management of vasomotor symptoms and mood disturbance were the primary reasons for use. Of those who had been using HT in December 2001 (24.4%) women ceased using HT in the 3 months following publication of the WHI results. The percentage of women using HT in December 2003 (13.9%) was less than half of that of December 2001.

Conclusion:  The rate of HT use and the reasons for use, in 2001 in Brisbane was similar to that of other Australian regions. Usage of HT decreased since the publication of the WHI results in 2002 which may reflect changing attitudes by patients and practitioners regarding HT.

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ID Code: 46454
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australia, hormone replacement therapy, postmenopause, women
DOI: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2006.00601.x
ISSN: 0004-8666
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2011 02:29
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:36

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