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Journal:   IRANIAN RED CRESCENT MEDICAL JOURNAL (IRCMJ)   MAY 2014 , Volume 16 , Number 5; Page(s) 1 To 7.
 
Paper: 

PERCEIVED CONCERNS OF AZERI MENOPAUSAL WOMEN IN IRAN

 
 
Author(s):  HAKIMI SEVIL, SIMBAR MASOUMEH*, RAMEZANI TEHRANI FAHIMEH
 
* SAFE MOTHERHOOD RESEARCH CENTER, DEPARTMENT OF MIDWIFERY AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, SHAHID BEHESHTI UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, TEHRAN, IR IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background: Menopause is a complex biological phenomenon which is affected by socio-cultural and physiological factors. These factors may cause different experiences and concerns for menopausal women from different countries and even among women of diverse ethnic groups living in the same country. The signs and symptoms of menopause are exacerbated by the negative attitude of menopausal women and their deep concerns.
Objectives: We aimed to explore self-experienced concerns of Iranian menopausal women residing in Tabriz.
Materials and Methods: Phenomenological approach was used for analyzing the participants’ experiences and perceptions about menopause. Data were collected through 18 semi-structured in-depth interviews; carried out from February to July 2012. Participants were menopausal women aged between 46-57 years who experienced menopause no more than 4 years before the interview. All interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim. Constant comparative analysis of the data was conducted using MAXQDA 10.
Results: Participants’ concerns were classified into 4 main themes, including: inability, aging, isolation, and healthiness.
Conclusions: Understanding these concerns might contribute to the enrichment of the existing literature by providing evidences from a different culture, assisting to design effective supportive strategies, planning training programs and appropriate infrastructures for women to improve their quality of life during the menopausal period.

 
Keyword(s): MENOPAUSE, PARTICULATE MATTER, IRAN
 
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