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Quality of Life Measures During the Menopause

  • G. D. Mishra
  • D. Kuh
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Abstract:

Menopause usually occurs sometime between 40–60 years and marks the end of the reproductive phase of a woman’s life. The menopausal transition is associated with a wide range of symptoms, such as hot flushes and cold night sweats. However, the full impact on women’s lives is difficult to disentangle from other concomitant changes, such as declining health, children leaving home, and the birth of grand children. Thus it is essential that researchers are able to use reliable and accurate instruments for assessing  health related quality of life (HRQOL) and preferably ones that permit comparisons prior to, during, and after menopausal transition, as well as across populations.

Over the last three decades, numerous instruments have been developed to measure HRQOL during menopause, from simple checklists of symptoms to wide-ranging questions across several domains of psychosocial well-being. This review finds that although they all report good psychometric properties and are well documented, no single instrument has become pre-eminent in the field. The process of development is likely to continue since none of the instruments have met all the outstanding measurement issues, such as including questions for women on HRT or those using complementary and alternative medicine. It is hoped that as new scales evolve, these will exhibit a greater degree of convergence and compatibility.

Researchers should consider the benefits of using generic well-established measures of HRQOL and checklists of menopausal symptoms, with additional items used in a way that preserves compatibility. A robust and reliable instrument remains a highly worthwhile aspiration, since any findings, such as identifying successful management or coping strategies, would provide potentially invaluable information to communicate to women everywhere and help them prepare for this stage of life.

Keywords

Hormone Replacement Therapy Vasomotor Symptom Menopausal Transition Menopause Rate Scale Greene Climacteric Scale 
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List of Abbreviations:

CAM

complementary and alternative medicine

HRQOL

health related quality of life

HRT

hormone replacement therapy

MENQOL

menopause-specific HRQOL questionnaire

MQOL

menopausal quality of life scale

MRS

menopause-specific HRQOL questionnaire

QOL

 quality of life

SF-12

short form 12

SF-36

short form 36

UQOL

Utian quality of life instrument

VAS

visual analogue scale

WHQ

women’s health questionnaire

WHOQOL_BREF

World Health Organization quality of life-brief

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