Department of Medicine; Meyers Primary Care Institute
Health Information Technology | Obstetrics and Gynecology | Reproductive and Urinary Physiology | Women's Health
BACKGROUND: To assess the prevalence of menopausal symptoms among women prescribed hormone therapy (HT) using electronic medical record data from a regional healthcare organization.
METHODS: Retrospective data from the Reliant Medical Group from 1/1/2006-12/31/2011 were assessed for 102 randomly-selected patients. Study eligibility criteria included: females aged 45 to 65; prescribed oral or transdermal HT; no history of breast cancer, venous thromboembolism, stroke, gynecological cancer, or hysterectomy; continuously enrolled in the health plan for 1 year before and after the first observed HT prescription. Prevalence of menopause-related symptoms was analyzed descriptively at both the patient and visit levels.
RESULTS: Mean age of patients was 54 years. The most common menopausal symptoms were: hot flushes (40%), night sweats (17%), insomnia (16%), vaginal dryness (13%), mood disorders (12%), and weight gain (12%). Among the 102 patients, 163 individual visits listing menopausal symptoms were identified, of which hot flushes (71 visits) were the most common symptom identified.
CONCLUSION: Our findings provide recent data on the types of menopausal symptoms experienced by mid-life women prescribed HT. Electronic medical records may be a rich source of data for future studies of menopausal symptoms in this population.
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BMC Womens Health. 2015 Aug 13;15:58. doi: 10.1186/s12905-015-0217-y. Link to article on publisher's site
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Sussman M, Trocio J, Best C, Mirkin S, Bushmakin AG, Yood RA, Friedman M, Menzin J, Louie M. (2015). Prevalence of menopausal symptoms among mid-life women: findings from electronic medical records. Open Access Publications by UMass Chan Authors. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-015-0217-y. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/oapubs/2623
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