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..View full abstract