Attitudes towards menopause among Iranian women: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Bahri, N. and Latifnejad Roudsari, R. and Tohidinik, H. R. and Sadeghi, R. (2016) Attitudes towards menopause among Iranian women: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal, 18 (10).

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Context: Women’s attitudes towards menopause have an important impact on menopausal experiences, including the perceived severity of symptoms and women’s general lifestyles during menopause. Therefore, such attitudes should be considered when developing management and counseling programs for women in menopausal transition. This systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to examine Iranian women’s attitudes towards menopause. Evidence Acquisition: In this study, searches for English articles were conducted using PubMed, Scopus, Science Direct, and Google Scholar databases, and searches for Persian articles were conducted using Magiran, SID, and Google Scholar. All articles published until April 30, 2015 were considered, using the keywords “Menopause,” “Attitude,” “Iran,” and “Iranian women.” Out of 1160 potentially relevant publications, 21 documents met the inclusion criteria. Then, the quality of the studies was examined by two reviewers independently using additional pre-specified criteria. Measures of the effects were pooled, and random effect meta-analysis was conducted using Stata software version 11. Results: Out of the 21 selected documents, 11 studies were eligible for inclusion in the meta-analysis. The results of the meta-analysis on 3453 participants showed that 25 of Iranian women had positive attitudes, 58 had neutral attitudes, and 17 had negative attitudes towards menopause. Conclusions: The majority of Iranianwomenhad neutral attitudes towardsmenopause, whichmaybe evidence of poor knowledge about menopause. Therefore, it is suggested that appropriate educational programs be developed and implemented by policymakers in order to increase knowledge and raise awareness among women about menopause. © 2016, Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal.

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Additional Information: Cited By :6 Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Latifnejad Roudsari, R.; Evidence Based Care Research Center, Department of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mashhad University of Medical SciencesIran; email: rlatifnejad@yahoo.com
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitude Iran Menopause Meta-Analysis Review Systematic awareness female human Iranian (citizen) male Medline meta analysis publication ScienceDirect Scopus software systematic review
Subjects: WP Gynecology
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib4 lib4
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2020 05:47
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 05:47
URI: http://eprints.mums.ac.ir/id/eprint/12939

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