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Early Menopause: Using the Experiences and Perspectives of Women and Health Professionals to Translate Evidence into Practice

Description of Study

This research project is being conducted by RMIT University, the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (Monash University) and other partners. We are interested in the experiences of women with early or premature menopause, and the perspectives of health professionals who care for women with early menopause.

Women

We would like to interview you to understand what it is like to be diagnosed with early or premature menopause, what the symptoms are like, what your experiences with health professionals have been like, how early or premature menopause has impacted on your health and general wellbeing, your relationships and fertility, and anything else you’d like to share about your experience.

Health professionals

We would like to interview you to understand what it is like caring for women with early menopause, your experience of diagnosing and treating women with this condition, how the care for early menopause has changed over the course of your career, what services or resources you would like to see available for women with early menopause, and any other reflections you may have.

Based on information we gather from interviews with women with early or premature menopause and health professionals working in this area, we will produce a Healthtalk Australia (healthtalkaustralia.org) website detailing women’s experiences and health professionals’ perspectives, and providing downloadable resources to support women with early menopause and assist / inform health professionals, including fact sheets, a Question Prompt List and a management algorithm. 

Inclusion Criteria

Women

  • Do you have early or premature menopause (menopause before age 45 or 40 years), or POI (premature / primary ovarian insufficiency), whether spontaneous or following medical treatment (e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgical removal of the ovaries)?
  • Are you 20 – 45 years of age, or if over 45, you experienced early menopause within the last 5-10 years?
  • Do you live in Victoria? 

Health Professionals

  • Are you a GP, endocrinologist, gynaecologist, oncologist, gynae-oncologist, breast surgeon, nurse or psychologist and you work with women with early / premature menopause?
  • Do you live in Victoria?

If yes and you are interested in being interviewed or would like to know more about the study, please let us know – see contact details below.

Contact details 

Phone: 03 9925 5086 (Jacinthe Flore), 03 9925 2800 (Kate Johnston-Ataata) or 0438 470 299

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Project website: https://earlymenopauseexperience.com/contact/

Study Information

Women

pdfRecruitment flyer121.74 KB

pdfExplanatory Statement501.59 KB

Health Professionals

pdfRecruitment flyer166.39 KB

pdfExplanatory Statement445.62 KB

Ethics Approval  

Monash University Human Research Ethics (2016-1429) 

Geographical location of study 

Victoria 

This research is being carried out by Professor Renata Kokanovic (RMIT University) and Professor Helena Teede (MCHRI) and their research team.

 

 

MCHRI RMIT 

Content updated 23 August 2017

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