What is included in the menopause toolkit for primary health care practitioners?

Updated: Jun 06, 2018
  • Author: PonJola Coney, MD; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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The International Menopause Society endorsed global use of a toolkit for primary health care practitioners to more easily identify, evaluate, and manage perimenopausal and menopausal women during routine consultations. [11, 12] Physicians from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, developed the toolkit on the basis of their clinical experience and their reviews of the literature, published algorithms, and position statements from major medical societies.

The toolkit (available here) includes algorithms that cover the following [11, 12] :

  • Reasons why a woman might present for consultation

  • Assessment of a woman’s menopausal status

  • Key clinical information to elicit from the patient’s medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic investigations

  • Issues to consider that may affect treatment decision-making

  • Hormonal and nonhormonal treatment options

  • Individual symptomatic management on the basis of the patient’s characteristics

For additional information on menopause, see the Menopause Resource Center.

For patient education resources, see the Women’s Health Center and the Osteoporosis Center, as well as Menopause, Female Sexual Problems, and Hormone Replacement and Osteoporosis.


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