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A Qualitative Study of Menopause Among Women With Disabilities

Harrison, Tracie PhD, RN; Becker, Heather PhD

doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000271103.57290.6e

Few studies have examined the way women with disabilities understand and make decisions regarding menopause. This report is a qualitative descriptive study detailing how women with varying mobility impairments view the menopausal transition. Nineteen women aged 42 to 64 years were interviewed regarding their menopausal experiences. Results described their experiences as minority groups of women with disabilities using a women's ways of knowing framework. Overall, most women described menopause as a back burner issue, but maintained the need for accurate information from which to make informed decisions that might impact future health and functional outcomes.

School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin.

Corresponding author: Tracie Harrison, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin, 1700 Red River, Austin, TX 78701 (e-mail:

Support for this research was provided to Dr Harrison from the John A. Hartford-Atlantic Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gerontological Nursing, and to Dr Heather Becker from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, R15 NR008101-01A1.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.