Methods used in cross-cultural comparisons of somatic symptoms and their determinants

Sievert, Lynnette Leidy, Anderson, Debra J., Melby, Melissa K., & Obermeyer, Carla Makhlouf (2011) Methods used in cross-cultural comparisons of somatic symptoms and their determinants. Maturitas, 70(2), pp. 127-134.

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This paper is the third in a series of reviews of cross-cultural studies of symptoms at midlife. The goal of this review is to examine methods used previously in cross-cultural studies of menopause and women's health at midlife to (1) identify challenges in the measurement of somatic symptoms across cultures and (2) recommend questions and tools that can be used in future research. This review also aims to examine the determinants of somatic symptoms.

The review concludes that methods used for assessing somatic symptoms differ across studies. Somatic symptoms, particularly, aches, pain, and fatigue have a high prevalence. Statistically significant differences were seen in the prevalence of somatic symptoms across cultures. Based on the number of studies that demonstrated cross-cultural differences in symptom prevalence, we recommend that the following symptoms be included in future studies of symptoms at midlife: headaches, aches/pain, palpitations, dizziness, fatigue, breathing difficulties, numbness or tingling, and gastrointestinal difficulties. We also recommend that objective measures of physical function be administered when possible to supplement subjective self-evaluation.

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ID Code: 47235
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Menopause, Cross-Cultural, Methodology, Somatic Symptoms
DOI: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2011.07.012
ISSN: 0378-5122
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Maturitas. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Maturitas, [VOL 70, ISSUE 2, (2011)] DOI 10.1016/j.maturitas.2011.07.012
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2011 02:18
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2013 05:08

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