Does Menopause Matter?
The purpose of this study is to follow a woman's progression through menopause in order to examine the effects on health related quality of life and use of health care resources, and to understand how women are using alternative therapies.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Does Menopause Matter?|
|Study Start Date:||December 2004|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||January 2014|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||January 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Menopause affects every woman as she ages, yet every woman's experience is different. We are seeking to enroll 720 women from the University of Pittsburgh's Division of General Internal Medicine Outpatient practice (GIMO) at all stages of menopause (pre-, peri-, and post-menopausal), between 40 and 65 years old. They will be followed for 5 years as they progress through menopause.
Women will complete yearly questionnaires during their usual doctor's visit (or by phone or online if necessary) regarding general health, menopause and menopausal symptoms, health related quality of life, traditional and alternative therapy use, social support, and attitudes towards menopause and aging.
We will combine this information with information from women's medical charts to look at how menopause and health related quality of life impact the use of health care resources. Additionally, some women may be asked about the use of health care resources, such as doctor's visits, hospitalizations and lab tests.
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|UPMC General Internal Medicine Oakland|
|Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15213|
|Principal Investigator:||Rachel Hess, MD, MSc||UPMC General Internal Medicine-Oakland|