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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157313
Type:
Presentation
Title:
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, AND BELIEFS ABOUT MENOPAUSE
Abstract:
AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, AND BELIEFS ABOUT MENOPAUSE
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2010
Author:O'Brien, Anne-Marie, MSN, BSN, MA
P.I. Institution Name:Arizona State University
Title:Women's Health NP and PhD Student
Contact Address:300 North 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ, 85004, USA
BACKGROUND: The Menopause Transition represents a dynamic period of biopsychosocial change for women. Of critical importance to healthy outcomes in aging is addressing the physiologic changes that occur as a result of postmenopausal estrogen loss. African-American women when compared to white women are at greater risk for developing obesity related diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and for developing physical limitations as they age. These patterns may be in part the result of lifestyle behaviors that traditionally include diets high in fat and low rates of physical activity. Lifestyle behavior modification can reduce these disease risks and improve long term health outcomes. Nursing research on health transitions suggest that lifespan transitions such as menopause are opportunities for behavior change. Facilitators in the transition response include: preparation and knowledge, cultural beliefs, attitudes, and meanings. Therefore, in order to design nursing interventions that foster behavior change during this critical health transition, we must first study African-American womenÆs understanding of the health changes associated with the menopause transition and what it means to them.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this presentation is to provide results of a comprehensive review of the literature on African-American womenÆs attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs about menopause. Findings will inform future research on ways that the menopause transition could serve as an opportunity for the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors among African-American women.
METHODS:
A comprehensive review of the literature was completed with these criteria:
Search engines: Cumulative Index for Allied Health and Nursing (CINAHL), PSYCHInfo, and Medline. Keyword searches: African-American, midlife, menopause, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs. Inclusion Criteria: Peer reviewed journal articles published between 1995-2009 that elicited knowledge and attitudes of African-American women about the menopause transition. Exclusion Criteria: Studies that did not elicit information on womenÆs knowledge or attitude about menopause. Studies that included women from other ethnic background in their analysis.
RESULTS: Conflicting or equivocal findings about womenÆs knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs were found. Most of the studies in this review were quantitative and had used surveys to elicit information from their participants. Whereas, the qualitative studies that were conducted only addressed knowledge and attitudes, but not specifically what the menopause transition means to African-American women and their long term health.
CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS:
This literature review provides an initial understanding of African-American womenÆs knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about menopause. Additional research, however, is needed to understand how knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about menopause are associated with health promoting as well as health-compromising behavior. Findings could then demonstrate how the menopause transition might serve as a teachable moment-where providers facilitate a womanÆs awareness that she can participate in the management as well as promotion of her own health and well-being.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, AND BELIEFS ABOUT MENOPAUSEen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157313-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, AND BELIEFS ABOUT MENOPAUSE</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">O'Brien, Anne-Marie, MSN, BSN, MA</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Arizona State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Women's Health NP and PhD Student</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">300 North 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ, 85004, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">aobrien6@asu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">BACKGROUND: The Menopause Transition represents a dynamic period of biopsychosocial change for women. Of critical importance to healthy outcomes in aging is addressing the physiologic changes that occur as a result of postmenopausal estrogen loss. African-American women when compared to white women are at greater risk for developing obesity related diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and for developing physical limitations as they age. These patterns may be in part the result of lifestyle behaviors that traditionally include diets high in fat and low rates of physical activity. Lifestyle behavior modification can reduce these disease risks and improve long term health outcomes. Nursing research on health transitions suggest that lifespan transitions such as menopause are opportunities for behavior change. Facilitators in the transition response include: preparation and knowledge, cultural beliefs, attitudes, and meanings. Therefore, in order to design nursing interventions that foster behavior change during this critical health transition, we must first study African-American women&AElig;s understanding of the health changes associated with the menopause transition and what it means to them. <br/>PURPOSE: The purpose of this presentation is to provide results of a comprehensive review of the literature on African-American women&AElig;s attitudes, knowledge, and beliefs about menopause. Findings will inform future research on ways that the menopause transition could serve as an opportunity for the adoption of healthy lifestyle behaviors among African-American women.<br/>METHODS: <br/>A comprehensive review of the literature was completed with these criteria:<br/>Search engines: Cumulative Index for Allied Health and Nursing (CINAHL), PSYCHInfo, and Medline. Keyword searches: African-American, midlife, menopause, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs. Inclusion Criteria: Peer reviewed journal articles published between 1995-2009 that elicited knowledge and attitudes of African-American women about the menopause transition. Exclusion Criteria: Studies that did not elicit information on women&AElig;s knowledge or attitude about menopause. Studies that included women from other ethnic background in their analysis. <br/>RESULTS: Conflicting or equivocal findings about women&AElig;s knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs were found. Most of the studies in this review were quantitative and had used surveys to elicit information from their participants. Whereas, the qualitative studies that were conducted only addressed knowledge and attitudes, but not specifically what the menopause transition means to African-American women and their long term health. <br/>CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS: <br/>This literature review provides an initial understanding of African-American women&AElig;s knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about menopause. Additional research, however, is needed to understand how knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about menopause are associated with health promoting as well as health-compromising behavior. Findings could then demonstrate how the menopause transition might serve as a teachable moment-where providers facilitate a woman&AElig;s awareness that she can participate in the management as well as promotion of her own health and well-being.<br/></td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T19:45:35Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T19:45:35Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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