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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154106
Type:
Presentation
Title:
An Online Forum on Menopausal Symptom Experience
Abstract:
An Online Forum on Menopausal Symptom Experience
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2008
Author:Liu, Yi, MSN, RN
P.I. Institution Name:The University of Texas at Austin
Title:Doctoral Candidate & Research Assistant
Co-Authors:Eun-Ok Im, RN, MPH, PhD, CNS, FAAN; Sharon Dormire, RN, CNS, PhD; Wonshik Chee, PhD
[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] Despite a large number of studies on menopausal symptom experience, the studies have rarely used designs that incorporate women's own descriptions or voices regarding their experiences. Consequently, little is known about how women themselves perceive menopausal symptom experience even in the well-studied population of white women in the menopause transition. The purpose of the study was to explore menopausal symptom experience of White midlife women from a feminist perspective using an online forum. Online forums have been reported to provide a more comfortable forum for some people to discuss sensitive personal health issues, and suggested as a feasible alternative to traditional face-to-face focus groups The study was a qualitative online forum study among 23 White midlife women in the U.S. The women were recruited through Internet communities/groups for midlife women using a convenience sampling method. Seven online forum topics on the menopausal symptom experience were used for data collection. Then, data were analyzed using descriptive content and thematic analysis. Four themes emerged through this process. First, the experience of menopause caused women to re-think about their lives and themselves within their busy daily life schedules. Second, most of the women tried to be humorous and laugh at the experience to boost their inner strength and motivate themselves persevere. Third, some women thought that menopausal symptoms were universal while others thought that there would be certain cultural and ethnic differences in the expression of menopausal symptoms. Fourth, in seeking assistance with the symptoms of menopause, women were not satisfied with the guidance of their physicians. Women thought that their physicians rushed into a decision for treatment without listening to what they were reporting. The findings suggest some implications for future research and health care practices. The findings also support that online forums are an excellent data collection method for qualitative research.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAn Online Forum on Menopausal Symptom Experienceen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154106-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">An Online Forum on Menopausal Symptom Experience</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2008</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Liu, Yi, MSN, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">The University of Texas at Austin</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Doctoral Candidate &amp; Research Assistant</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">gn94yliu@mail.utexas.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Eun-Ok Im, RN, MPH, PhD, CNS, FAAN; Sharon Dormire, RN, CNS, PhD; Wonshik Chee, PhD</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] Despite a large number of studies on menopausal symptom experience, the studies have rarely used designs that incorporate women's own descriptions or voices regarding their experiences. Consequently, little is known about how women themselves perceive menopausal symptom experience even in the well-studied population of white women in the menopause transition. The purpose of the study was to explore menopausal symptom experience of White midlife women from a feminist perspective using an online forum. Online forums have been reported to provide a more comfortable forum for some people to discuss sensitive personal health issues, and suggested as a feasible alternative to traditional face-to-face focus groups The study was a qualitative online forum study among 23 White midlife women in the U.S. The women were recruited through Internet communities/groups for midlife women using a convenience sampling method. Seven online forum topics on the menopausal symptom experience were used for data collection. Then, data were analyzed using descriptive content and thematic analysis. Four themes emerged through this process. First, the experience of menopause caused women to re-think about their lives and themselves within their busy daily life schedules. Second, most of the women tried to be humorous and laugh at the experience to boost their inner strength and motivate themselves persevere. Third, some women thought that menopausal symptoms were universal while others thought that there would be certain cultural and ethnic differences in the expression of menopausal symptoms. Fourth, in seeking assistance with the symptoms of menopause, women were not satisfied with the guidance of their physicians. Women thought that their physicians rushed into a decision for treatment without listening to what they were reporting. The findings suggest some implications for future research and health care practices. The findings also support that online forums are an excellent data collection method for qualitative research.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:44:55Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:44:55Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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