山間地域における更年期女性の健康支援に関する検討 [in Japanese] Study on the health support for the menopausal women in rural areas [in Japanese]
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Objective: As hormonal balance in perimenopausal woman changes greatly, various symptoms appear and may need medical management. A health-support program for perimenopausal woman was created considering rural area characteristics. The purpose of this research was to ascertain the effectiveness of the program. Methods: The area for the study was a valley and a health support program was held there. One of the target conditions was that the women should be 40 to 59 years old and reside in that valley. We made an appeal to that age group for participation and received fifty applications. The program for these classes, held four times, was composed of teaching about life-style related disease, stress management and cosmetic treatment. Effects from the study, baseline to 4-month follow-up, were estimated using four instruments: (1) the Simplified Menopausal Index (SMI); (2) the Diagnostic Inventory of Health and Life Habits; (3) physical activity and diet self-efficacy; and (4) attitude toward menopause. Results: Average age of the participants was 48.8±5.1 years. They had various menopausal symptoms and 60% reported that they appreciate help from healthcare providers. Among the women with irregular menstruation or menopause, the number of those who were suspect for bone density decline was 50%. After 4 months, their scores on the SMI had significantly reduced and an increase in the practice of health behaviors was reported. Conclusion: Overall, the health support program for perimenopausal women had positive effects in reducing menopausal symptoms and improving health promotion.
- Japanese journal of maternal health.
Japanese journal of maternal health. 50(4), 656-664, 2010-01-01
Japan Society of Maternal Health