A project exploring the experiences of women with early menopause and the perspectives of health practitioners who care for women with this condition.
The Early Menopause: Experiences and Perspectives of Women and Health Practitioners project explores the experiences of women diagnosed with early (before age 45) or premature (before age 40) menopause, and the perspectives of health practitioners who care for women with this condition.
Early menopause can affect women’s physical health and wellbeing, as well as their relationships, emotional wellbeing, and self-identity. However, research has unveiled significant gaps in women’s and health practitioners’ understanding of early menopause, leading to poorer health outcomes.
In partnership with key consumer groups, multidisciplinary health practitioners, hospitals, professional societies, and government organisations, this project aims to address these knowledge gaps and improve health care for women with early menopause. It responds to women’s and health practitioners’ preferences for education, patient empowerment and care integration, including the need for evidence-based early menopause resources available online.
In this project, we seek to provide a better understanding of what it is like to experience early menopause or treat someone with this condition through the use of narrative research methods.
A Healthtalk Australia online resource is in development, drawing on video and audio recorded narrative interviews with women from a diverse range of backgrounds and health practitioners from various specialties.
The online resource, due to be launched in 2019, will target women experiencing early menopause and their families, health practitioners, health service providers and policymakers. It will feature women’s stories and health practitioners’ perspectives in film and audio, downloadable fact sheets and Question Prompt Lists, links to evidence-based information about early menopause and related issues, and a management algorithm for health practitioners.
By facilitating more informed interactions between women with early menopause and their treating health practitioners, this interdisciplinary research project will help support and improve the healthcare of women diagnosed with early menopause.