Decision-making about hormone replacement therapy by women in England and Scotland

Welton, A., Hepworth, J., Collins, N., Ford, D., Knott, C., Meredith, S., Walgrove, A., Wilkes, H., & Vickers, M. (2004) Decision-making about hormone replacement therapy by women in England and Scotland. Climacteric, 7(1), pp. 41-49.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore women's decision-making about the balance of risks and benefits of taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) based on the latest evidence from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) trial of combined HRT.

METHODS: Women aged 50-69 years, who were eligible for the Women's International Study of long Duration Oestrogen after Menopause (WISDOM) trial, were invited to participate in one of eight focus groups. Participants were asked to discuss their views about taking HRT based on the latest international evidence.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: Eighty-two women participated overall. Qualitative content analysis was applied to the discussion transcripts. Women regarded the decisions they make about taking HRT as highly personal, and, for women currently taking HRT, the overwhelming reason for continuation was perceived improvement in quality of life regardless of either the risks or the benefits in the longer term.

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ID Code: 59397
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Hormone Replacement Therapy, Decision-making, England, Scotland, Menopause
DOI: 10.1080/13697130310001651463
ISSN: 1369-7137
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 01 May 2013 01:12
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2013 05:55

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