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01 April 2010

Women gynecologists' attitude toward their own health

Alina Weissmann-BrennerABCDEF, Baruch BrennerAB, Jaqueline SulkesC, Boris KaplanAD

Med Sci Monit 2010; 16(4): PH35-39 :: ID: 878484

Abstract

Background
Following the publication of the results of Women's Health Initiative in 2002 there have been gross changes in the attitude of women and physicians towards the risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). We evaluated the attitude of women gynecologist towards their own health, including adherence to recommended screening tests and self usage and prescription of hormone replacement therapy.
Material and Method
Questionnaires regarding performance of screening tests, self usage and recommendation of HRT were posted by mail to all Israel's women gynecologists.
Results
Ninety questionnaires were eligible for analysis (43.2% response rate). Average age was 48+/-7.7 years. Only 7/90 (7.8%) gynecologists smoke regularly and average body mass index was 25+/-3.8 kg/m2. Most participants performed at least one screening tests in the past 2 years. The median interval from the last self breast exam, mammography, gynecologisy exam, Papanicolaou test, colonoscopy and bone density test was 0.2, 1.82, 1.79, 1.95, 3.27 and 1.41 years, respectively. Most of them (68.3%) did not routinely recommend HRT to their patients. The duration of self HRT usage ranged between 1-20 years (average 5.1+/-3.4 years). Most gynecologists (87.7%) recommended continuous estrogen and progesterone for women with their uterus in place.
Conclusions
The health profile of Israeli women gynecologists is chracterized by a high performance of screening tests for cancer and low rate of smoking. Our study also demonstrates that the impact of the results of the WHI trial is still well manifested and most Israeli women gynecologists do not routinely recommend HRT to postmenopausal women.

Keywords: Questionnaires, Physician's Practice Patterns - trends, Papanicolaou Test, Mammography - utilization, Israel, Hormone Replacement Therapy - trends, Gynecology - trends, Colonoscopy - utilization, Breast Self-Examination - utilization, Attitude of Health Personnel, Smoking, Vaginal Smears - utilization

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