Biomedical discourse dominates the research literature and media accounts of menopause.
Middle aged women are increasingly faced with decisions about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the context of differing constructions of menopause and often inconclusive information.
There is an apparent discrepancy between the beneficial claims made for HRT in the medical literature and the numbers of women who use it in the U.K. An educational approach has been advocated which assumes that with adequate information more women will take and adhere to HRT.
Middle aged women's own views and opinions about medication, health and menopause have been relatively neglected.
The extent to which women use medical discourse in discussions of menopause and the extent to which menopause has become « medicalized » remain unclear.
This is a descriptive study using in-depth interviews and a qualitative methodology to investigate women's accounts of their decisions relating to HRT use.
Ninety-three 50 year old women were recruited from the age/sex register of a North London general practice ; 45 women agreed to take part.
Three main themes were identified in the women's accounts of their decisions : (I) the presence or absence of troublesome vasomotor symptoms. (2) doctors'views and advice, and (3) views toward menopause and medication.
There was a general preference not to take medication, particularly for menopause, which was seen as a natural process unless severe symptoms were present. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Traitement substitutif, Hormone, Ménopause, Evaluation, Prise décision, Femme, Homme, Analyse qualitative, Entretien, Royaume Uni, Europe
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Replacement therapy, Hormone, Menopause, Evaluation, Decision making, Woman, Human, Qualitative analysis, Interview, United Kingdom, Europe
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0523066
Code Inist : 002B02O. Création : 13/02/1998.