Current trends in hormone replacement therapy: perceptions and usage

Birkhäuser, M H; Reinecke, I (2008). Current trends in hormone replacement therapy: perceptions and usage. Climacteric, 11(3), pp. 192-200. Abingdon, UK: Informa Healthcare 10.1080/13697130802060455

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OBJECTIVE: To determine whether physicians' confidence in the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for climacteric symptoms has been affected by the negative media interpretation of data from landmark studies investigating HRT usage such as the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study. METHODS: A structured questionnaire was completed via the internet by European and US gynecologists, obstetrician/gynecologists and general practitioners - all experienced in treating women with climacteric symptoms. RESULTS: Six hundred physicians completed the survey in six countries. Overall, 98% agreed that the menopause significantly affects quality of life and 97% considered that the majority/all of their patients experienced positive benefits from HRT. Most physicians (90%) believed the benefits of HRT outweigh the risks in suitable patients, and 92% would prescribe HRT for themselves/spouse/family. For treatment of atrophic vaginitis, 86% agreed that local estrogen was the most effective course of action. While 82% of participants were aware of the latest recommendations on low-dose HRT, and estrogen dose in particular, 67% cited lowering the progestogen dose as important. With regard to the recent negative media coverage on HRT, 78% of physicians felt this was unjustified. CONCLUSIONS: These results provide reassurance that health-care professionals in Europe and the US, experienced in treating women with climacteric symptoms, have not lost confidence in HRT. Despite a consensus on the importance of lowering the dose of HRT and a focus on estrogen, there remains a need to heighten prescribers' awareness on the pivotal role that a lower progestogen dose plays in optimizing the risk-benefit profile.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Gynaecology

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Birkhäuser, Martin






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04 Oct 2013 15:04

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