The menopause and HRT: a more positive view?
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The menopause and HRT: a more positive view?

Venetia Brown Senior Lecturer, Women’s health, school of health, biological and environmental studies, Middlesex University, London

This article suggests that the biomedical model of health care encourages a view of the menopause as a negative experience for women. The author discusses the reasons why HRT is not requested more widely, and outlines the future role for nurses in menopause clinics

Most discussion in the literature about the menopause and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) centres on the biomedical model of health. Seedhouse (1986), Aggleton (1990) and others agree that this is the model on which health care in the developed world is based. The model describes health as a commodity and treats health in a quantifiable way.

Nursing Standard. 12, 10, 37-39. doi: 10.7748/ns.12.10.37.s50

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