The evaluation of the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire and association of vasomotor and psychosocial symptoms among postmenopausal women in the United States: a dissertation Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Van Dole, Kristen Brooke
    • Affiliation: Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
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  • This dissertation provides an in-depth analysis of the evaluation of the Menopause-Specific Quality of Life (MENQOL) Questionnaire, a tool used by clinicians to understand women's symptomatology as they progress through the menopausal transition. While the MENQOL was rigorously developed through various methods, a factor analysis had never been conducted on the instrument. A factor analysis was conducted on this tool, using the existing version, and again with the existing version and additional vaginal health items. Results showed that the items in the instrument largely held to the domains under which they were intended. When the vaginal health items were added, a new domain of vaginal health items emerged. There currently exists little literature which examines the explicit association between vasomotor and psychosocial symptoms among postmenopausal women. An additional aim of this dissertation was to examine this association using a longitudinal population-based study of postmenopausal women in the United States. Results showed that there was a small, statistically significant association between an increase in vasomotor symptoms and an increase in psychosocial symptoms.
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  • Jonsson Funk, Michele
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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