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Clinical Trial
. 2016 Feb;23(2):183-8.
doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000588.

The Effects of Menopausal Health Training for Spouses on Women's Quality of Life During Menopause Transitional Period

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The Effects of Menopausal Health Training for Spouses on Women's Quality of Life During Menopause Transitional Period

Narjes Bahri et al. Menopause. .

Abstract

Objective: Spouses' support during menopausal transition has an important role for improving the quality of life in postmenopausal women. Since the first step in providing support is having adequate knowledge, this study aimed to investigate the effects of an educational program on menopause health for spouses on women's quality of life during the menopausal transition.

Methods: This clinical trial was conducted in Yazd, Iran. A hundred healthy women aged 45 to 60 years were recruited by random sampling. The spouses in the intervention group (n = 50) attended three training sessions about the management and health of menopausal transition. The spouses in the control group (n = 50) did not receive any intervention. Knowledge and performance about menopausal health were assessed in all spouses before and 3 months after intervention. All women were assessed by the Menopause Rating Scale, and the Menopause Quality of Life questionnaire before and 3 months after educational intervention. Analyses were carried out using SPSS 16 software. The level of significance was set at P less than 0.05.

Results: The knowledge and performance of spouses in the intervention group were significantly higher 3 months after intervention (P < 0.0001). The quality of life in women in the intervention group was higher 3 months after intervention (P < 0.0001). The mean scores of psychological and physical domains were significantly lower in the intervention group (P = 0.002 and P = 0.001, respectively).

Conclusions: The training of menopausal health for spouses improves the quality of life in women during menopausal transition. We suggest integrating such educational programs in menopausal management programs.

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