Reducing menopausal symptoms for women during the menopause transition using group education in a primary health care setting — a randomized controlled trial

Rindner, Lena, Strömme, Gunilla, Nordeman, Lena, Hange, Dominique, Gunnarsson, Ronny, and Rembeck, Gun (2017) Reducing menopausal symptoms for women during the menopause transition using group education in a primary health care setting — a randomized controlled trial. Maturitas, 98. pp. 14-19.

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Abstract

Objectives: Women's physical and mental ill-health shows a marked increase during menopause, which usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age. Mental illness and somatic symptoms are common causes of long-term sick leave. Women suffer from a lack of knowledge about the menopause transition and its associated symptoms. The aim of the study was to investigate whether group education for women in primary health care (PHC) about the menopause transition can improve their physical and mental ill-health.

Study design: This randomized controlled study was conducted in PHC and aimed to evaluate a Group education programme for women aged 45–55 years, around the menopause transition. A total of 131 women were randomized to group education or no intervention. The group intervention included two education sessions with topics related to menopause. They answered two questionnaires at baseline and at four-month follow-up: the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) and the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS).

Main outcome measure: Change in MRS and MADRS scores over the four months.

Results: The intervention group experienced a slight reduction in symptoms while the control Group mostly experienced the opposite.

Conclusion: This study showed that it was feasible to implement group education on menopause for women aged 45–55 years.

The clinical trial registration number: NTC02852811

Item ID: 48542
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-4111
Keywords: menopause, climateric, education, women's health, mental health, menopause symptoms
Funders: Research and Development Council of Södra Älvsborg County, Sweden
Projects and Grants: VGFOUSA-31001
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 06:02
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 100%
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