Journal article

Patients' understanding of risk: a qualitative study of decision-making about the menopause and hormone replacement therapy in general practice.

Fiona M Walter, Nicky Britten

Family Practice | Published : 2002


OBJECTIVE: To explore women's understanding of the risks associated with the menopause and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). METHODS: Two general practices in Cambridge participated in this qualitative study using focus groups and semi-structured interviews. Forty women aged between 50 and 55 years, known to be current users, ex-users, or never-users of HRT were included in the study. RESULTS: Participants viewed risk as a danger: coping with risk required an assessment to facilitate an informed decision. To understand risk and make a personal interpretation, patients used their own knowledge, the presentation and context of that risk, together with their individual belief system particular..

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