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One of the Largest Post-WHI Physician Surveys Shows More Education is Needed: Patient Misinformation About Hormone Therapy Remains High
Date:9/5/2007

Survey Reveals Five Ways a Woman Can Work With Her Doctor to Manage

Menopausal Symptoms

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Results from one of the largest national surveys of doctors involved in menopause care conducted since the release of initial findings from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) leave no doubt -- even five years later, a cloud of confusion lingers for both physicians and patients regarding the results of the WHI study. The online survey of over 400 physicians concludes that patients remain confused about the risks of hormone therapy (HT); in fact, only 15% of doctors believe their patients accurately perceive the risks of HT. The survey was conducted by Richard Day Research on behalf of The Hormone Foundation, with the support of Novogyne Pharmaceuticals.

Amongst the key findings of the survey is that only 18 percent of physicians have "no confusion at all" about the WHI findings. However, physicians feel the confusion that exists among the general public is much greater:

-- 93% feel the level of misinformation patients bring to their office

about the WHI findings has "somewhat" or "very much" affected their

practice

-- More than two-thirds feel their patients and the media have "a great

deal of confusion" now about the WHI findings

-- 83% of doctors report their patients are as or more confused now than

when the findings were first released in 2002

-- 81% of doctors believe the media are as or more confused now than when

the findings were first released

"Since the results of the WHI were first released in 2002, the public has been bombarded with conflicting information on how to interpret the findings," said Paula Correa, MA, Director of The Hormone Foundation. "The results of this survey underscore the importance of physicians' role in educating patients and calls for more public education on menopause management. This is
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