Women veterans and menopause: Knowledge and preferences

Noella Dietz, Tatiana Mijares-Cantrell, Daisy Acevedo, Debra Annane, Remberto Rodriguez, Panagiota V. Caralis, Silvina Levis

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Abstract

Background: The increasing number and older age of women Veterans receiving care at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) requires health-care providers to adjust to their changing patient population. We explored women Veterans’ self-reported knowledge of menopause, current/preferred sources of menopausal health information, and perceptions/barriers regarding treatment of menopausal symptoms. Methods: Three focus groups were conducted at two South Florida VHA facilities in 2014, which included 30 women Veterans (aged 45–60 years) who visited VHA primary care clinics at least once in the past year. Results: Participants reported using various sources to obtain general and menopausal health information, particularly family, friends, and the internet. Some women also had discussions with their health-care providers, but believed not all VHA providers were knowledgeable about menopause. Most preferred older female providers, thinking they were better informed about menopausal issues. Women favored complementary/alternative therapies and were against using hormone therapy (HT) for symptom relief, although they felt they were insufficiently informed about HT. Conclusions: Menopausal-age women are the fastest growing group at VHA. To provide better care and enhance their experiences, the VHA must educate all primary care providers about menopausal care and strive to address women Veterans’ menopausal concerns and preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalWomen and Health
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Sep 3 2017

Keywords

  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • menopause
  • primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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