A Qualitative Study of the Health Concerns of Postmenopausal Women: A Secondary Data Analysis
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. School of Allied Medical Professions Honors Theses; 2010
Objective: To better understand the health concerns of postmenopausal women, with a focus on osteoporosis. Method: A qualitative document review of transcripts of eight postmenopausal women to guide data collection and qualitative data analysis. Results: The women in this study were found to be active participants in their health care with a need for support throughout the process. Osteoporosis was not discussed specifically in-depth by the eight women, but was spoken of as it is a major health risk for postmenopausal women. Two women were found or alluded to being diagnosed with osteoporosis with one using traditional treatment and five women who sought out forms of exercise. Two women actively used yoga in their prevention and three used walking for bone health. The women had a desire for the best health care with support of others in prevention and treatment. Conclusions: A walking class or group exercise class such as yoga could provide the women with low impact weight bearing exercise and expand their sisterhood of support through participation with other woman in the community. The use of exercise through a walking class or group exercise such as yoga can provide benefits physically, socially, psychologically and emotionally for the postmenopausal women who desire a full, active life.