Hot flashes (HFs) are a prominent symptom of menopause known to unfavorably influence mood, sleep, and quality of life. More women living with HIV are entering menopause and may experience a greater prevalence of HFs and more severe HFs compared with uninfected women. This integrative review evaluated existing evidence on potential health characteristics associated with HFs in women living with HIV during menopause. A search strategy was conducted within 6 databases. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guided the review, and the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence-Based Practice model was used to evaluate methodological quality and appraisal of the evidence. Five articles met the review eligibility criteria. Three content categories emerged from the key findings of the 5 articles: HIV-specific characteristics, mental health and cognitive characteristics, and quality of life and social characteristics. Implications for research and clinical care were identified.
Corrine Rivard, BA, is a Research Assistant in the Program in Nutritional Metabolism at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Lisa Philpotts, BSN, MSLS, is a Knowledge Specialist for Research & Instruction at the Treadwell Virtual Library at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Jane Flanagan, PhD, AHN-BC, ANP-BC, FAAN, is a Nurse Scientist at the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and an Associate Professor of Nursing at Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA. Sara E. Looby, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, is a Clinical Investigator in the Program in Nutritional Metabolism at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a Nurse Scientist at the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
Corresponding author: Sara E. Looby, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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