Hormone replacement therapy in the menopause - structure and content of risk talk
2005 (English)In: Maturitas, ISSN 0378-5122, E-ISSN 1873-4111, Vol. 50, no 1, 8-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: To investigate how risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) are communicated to women in clinical practice. To evaluate the usefulness of a risk classification based on context framing, i.e. whether the risk is discussed for one or several alternative treatments, and/or in the same context as possible benefits.
Design: Analysis of structure and content of transcribed consultations (n=20) from first-time visits for discussion of climacteric discomfort and/or HRT with five physicians at three different out-patient clinics of gynecology.
Results: All women received a prescription of HRT. An alternative to HRT was discussed in seven of the consultations. No decision aids were used. Risk discussion was dominated by the physicians giving information about long-time risk and benefits. The decision to prescribe was made either before the risk discussion was initiated, or before it was finished, in 8 of the 18 consultations where risk discussion was present. Risk classification according to context framing was performed and indicated use of different communication strategies by the physicians.
Conclusions: The perspective of the physicians was mainly on prevention while the women were more focused on symptom alleviation. Each physician had a strategy of his/her own for the risk discussion. Thus, the major differences found between the consultations were between physicians, and not between the women. Risk discussion seemed to be aimed at motivating the woman to follow the physician’s decision rather than to help her participate in the decision-making process.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 50, no 1, 8-18 p.
Hormone replacement therapy, Risk, Communication, Patient participation, Patient compliance, Concordance
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13970DOI: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2004.03.014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13970DiVA: diva2:22353