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Menopausal Women's Access Path to Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy: An Exploratory Study

Author(s):  Moro Doris, Young Wendy, Stein Richard, Isaac Winston, Goodman Deborah

Issue:  Mar/Apr 2010 - Compounding for Men
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Abstract:  The objective of this exploratory qualitative study was to describe (1) the key factors affecting women’s initial decision to explore the use of bioidentical hormones, (2) where women gather their information on bioidentical hormones, (3) the enablers and barriers to obtaining bioidentical hormones, and (4) how to improve the bioidentical hormone replacement therapy access path. The study was conducted in a compounding pharmacy located in a large urban area in southern Ontario, Canada. The participants included four postmenopausal women between the ages of 46 and 72 who self-identified as users of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and with comprehensive provincial healthcare coverage. Participants were recruited at a compounding pharmacy with the use of tri-fold brochures, tear-sheets, and posters. The women participated in an audio-taped mini focus group. Discussion was guided by six open-ended questions. Verbatim quotes were analyzed using an affinity diagram. Participants identified three key factor

Related Keywords: Doris Moro, BHA, MRT(MR), Wendy Young, PhD, Richard Stein, BScPhm, FACA, Winston Isaac, PhD, Deborah Goodman, PhD, women, menopause, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, BHRT, patient information, patient education, patient survey, access to care, patient choice, patient preference

Related Categories: HRT, PEER-REVIEWED, PATIENT EDUCATION, ADVERSE DRUG EVENTS, ENDOCRINOLOGY/HORMONES/ MENOPAUSE/ANDROPAUSE, INFORMATION RESOURCES

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