A Patient Portal Intervention for Menopause Knowledge and Shared Decision-Making

Stuti Dang, Berry Thavalathil, Diana Ruiz, Carlos Gómez-Orozco, Orlando Gómez-Marín, Silvina Levis

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Abstract

Background: Menopause is a time often fraught with changes and symptoms, which may require difficult choices and decision-making. During this period, women would benefit from a better understanding and in-depth discussions with providers regarding menopause, associated conditions, and appropriate therapy. Patient portals offer a potential means to improve knowledge and shared decision-making (SDM) about menopause. Materials and Methods: This protocol article explores the feasibility of using the secure messaging (SM) function of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Patient Portal, "My HealtheVet" to implement an educational intervention and measure its impact on knowledge and SDM in the management of menopause. Results: This is a quality improvement pilot study in which women veterans of menopausal age in the Miami VA are offered an educational intervention via a patient portal, while women veterans in two neighboring VA facilities are not. Intervention participants receive weekly SMs with information on menopause symptoms, and treatment. After 6-months, all participants are surveyed on menopause knowledge, SDM, and satisfaction with the program. Conclusion: This study is among the first to assess the impact of an innovative patient portal intervention to improve knowledge and SDM between patients and providers regarding menopause. If successful, our program will add to the "meaningful use" of patient portals and offer a scalable and timely resource for SDM about menopause.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1614-1622
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Women's Health
Volume28
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • menopause
  • patient portals
  • shared decision-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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