The purpose of this study is to follow a woman's progression through menopause in order to
examine the effects on health related quality of life and use of health care resources, and
to understand how women are using alternative therapies.
Menopause affects every woman as she ages, yet every woman's experience is different. We are
seeking to enroll 720 women from the University of Pittsburgh's Division of General Internal
Medicine Outpatient practice (GIMO) at all stages of menopause (pre-, peri-, and
post-menopausal), between 40 and 65 years old. They will be followed for 5 years as they
progress through menopause.
Women will complete yearly questionnaires during their usual doctor's visit (or by phone or
online if necessary) regarding general health, menopause and menopausal symptoms, health
related quality of life, traditional and alternative therapy use, social support, and
attitudes towards menopause and aging.
We will combine this information with information from women's medical charts to look at how
menopause and health related quality of life impact the use of health care resources.
Additionally, some women may be asked about the use of health care resources, such as
doctor's visits, hospitalizations and lab tests.
- Women ages 40-65
- Patients in the University of Pittsburgh General Internal Medicine Oakland Practice
- Able to complete the Functional Assessment Screening Tablet (a touch-screen survey)
- Refusal to participate