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The menopausal woman: The need for an individualized plan of care

Pace, Diane Todd PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, NCMP, FAANP

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000526765.60971.37
Feature: WOMEN'S HEALTH

Abstract: With life expectancy increasing, women will spend one-third of their lives in and beyond menopause. A collaborative discussion with the clinician facilitates informed decision-making and should include evidence-based discussion of physiologic changes, assessment of symptoms and treatment options, review of screening recommendations, and discussion of disease risk-reduction strategies and psychosocial issues.

With life expectancy increasing, women will spend one-third of their lives in and beyond menopause. A collaborative discussion with the clinician facilitates informed decision-making.

Diane Todd Pace is an associate professor/director of special academic programs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing, Memphis, Tenn. She is past president of the NAMS.

The author has disclosed the following financial or professional relationships related to this article: Hologic, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Allergan Pharmaceutical, AMAG Pharmaceuticals, TherapeuticsMD, JDS Therapeutics, and NAMS.

The author would like to acknowledge Curtis Roby, scientific writer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Nursing, for his assistance in editing the manuscript.

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