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|Title:||Health status of hormone replacement therapy users and non-users as determined by the SF-36 quality-of-life dimension|
|Citation:||Climacteric, 1998; 1(1):50-54|
|Abstract:||BACKGROUND:The objective of this study was to compare the health status of women who use and do not use hormone replacement therapy (HRT). METHOD:The 1994 South Australian Health Omnibus Survey (a population health interview survey) was used to administer the short form-36 health survey questionnaire (SF-36) to users and non-users of HRT. A representative sample of 813 women aged 40 years and older were interviewed. The response rate of the survey was 72.4%. Eight health dimensions of the SF-36 were measured: physical functioning, social functioning, role limitations owing to emotional problems, role limitations owing to physical problems, mental health, vitality, pain and general health. RESULTS:The mean score for all eight health dimensions was in the bottom 50% of the population for HRT users while non-users were in the upper 50%. Users of HRT had significantly poorer scores for physical limitations, body pain, general health, vitality, social functioning and mental health. CONCLUSION:Women who use HRT are less healthy than non-users when measured by a generic health status measure.|
|Keywords:||Humans; Pain; Estrogen Replacement Therapy; Health Surveys; Mental Disorders; Health Status; Quality of Life; Physical Fitness; Adult; Aged; Middle Aged; Australia; Female|
|Appears in Collections:||Obstetrics and Gynaecology publications|
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