A Practitioner’s Toolkit for the Management of the Menopause
Various learned societies across the world, including the International Menopause Society and the Endocrine Society, have produced position statements pertaining to the use of postmenopausal hormone therapy. These documents are highly informative but are not designed for use during routine consultations. Our aim was to produce a tool kit for health practitioners, including specialists and primary care physicians that could be used during office consultations to assist them in the assessment and management of the menopause.
We used clinical experience, combined with published diagnostic algorithms, positions statements and relevant peer-reviewed literature to develop assessment and management algorithms relevant to the menopause symptom management of women age 40 years and older.
The resultant "Practitioner Toolkit for Managing the Menopause" consists of algorithms that address: why a woman might present, determination of menopausal status, key information that should be ascertained, issues that may influence treatment decision making, hormonal and non hormonal treatment options, symptom management and patient review, and a supporting document.
We believe these algorithms and supporting document provide an accessible desk-top tool for health care practitioners caring for women at midlife.
The toolkit is now published online in the journal Climacteric and can be accessed in full at http://informahealthcare.com/doi/full/10.3109/13697137.2014.929651
A Practitioner's Toolkit for the Management of the Menopause has been endorsed by the International Menopause Society, the Australasian Menopause Society, and the Jean Hailes Foundation.