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What do women think about menopause? A qualitative study of women's expectations, apprehensions and knowledge about the climacteric period
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nursing Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1588-135X
2003 (English)In: International Nursing Review, ISSN 0020-8132, Vol. 50, no 2, 109-118 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aim: To identify and describe expectations, apprehensions and knowledge about the menopausal period and climacteric symptoms. Method: Data were collected by semi-structured interviews/discussions with a convenience sample of 39 women, all 47 years of age. Data interpretation and analysis were based on content analysis, but influenced by a qualitative approach. Findings: These included women's expectations and feelings of freedom. Apprehensions were described as different climacteric symptoms, which were well known to the women through their own or other's experiences. The women were, to some extent, aware of the physical and psychological changes that follow the menopause. However, the women lacked knowledge about these changes or self-care activities that could prevent problems or mitigate symptoms. Key conclusions and implications for practice: Discussions on health with premenopausal women can increase their knowledge about a natural phase of life, the climacteric period. The study showed that nurses/midwives who have regular contact with some women during their life have an important role to play in providing information, as well as in the treatment of climacteric symptoms.

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2003. Vol. 50, no 2, 109-118 p.
Keyword [en]
Apprehensions, Expectations, Knowledge, Menopause, Qualitative Study, Swedish Women
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46619DOI: 10.1046/j.1466-7657.2003.00185.xOAI: diva2:267515
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2013-09-12

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