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Consensus-led recommendations supporting choice and personalisation of Hormone replacement therapy in menopause care

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dina Mansour


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© The Author(s) 2022. Objective: Inequity of access and choice to different hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products across the UK has been suggested (Hillman, 2020). While, the cause is not entirely understood, potential contributors include conflicting national guidance, economic deprivation and a local formulary approach. With a diverse and growing population of women reaching and living well beyond the menopause, the impact of this inequity is becoming more pronounced, and challenges the goal of providing personalised care. The study objective is to establish a consensus that supports a greater equity of access and choice of HRT and provision of individualised care. Study Design: Modified Delphi study designed by UK HCPs with expertise in menopause care. This group identified 40 consensus statements over four key topics, related to access and choice of different HRT products. An online 4-point Likert scale questionnaire, sent to UK HCPs, was used to assess agreement, with a consensus threshold set at 75%. Main Outcome Measures: 150 HCP responses between June and September 2021 Results: A total of 137 responses were received. Analysis identified 37/40 statements attaining very high agreement (≥ 90%) and 3/40 statements attaining high agreement (< 90% and ≥75%). Nine recommendations were developed with the intent to inform potential improvements to menopause care in the UK. Conclusions: The high levels of agreement displayed suggest a desire to change the way menopause care is delivered in the UK. Implementation of the suggested recommendations has the potential to improve equity of access to licensed treatment options, compliant with the NICE recommendation for personalisation of care.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Briggs P, Barber K, Cooke K, Hillard T, Mansour D, Panay N, Pearson K, Tanna N, Wokoma T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Post Reproductive Health

Year: 2022

Volume: 28

Issue: 2

Pages: 71-78

Print publication date: 01/06/2022

Online publication date: 20/04/2022

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 2053-3691

ISSN (electronic): 2053-3705

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/20533691221084827

PubMed id: 35443829


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