Longitudinal study of a health education program for Japanese women in menopause

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Abstract

In this longitudinal intervention study, a 6 week health education program consisting of lectures and exercises was implemented for 39 Japanese menopausal women. The effects of the program were assessed by measuring their exercise participation, climacteric symptoms, and quality of life immediately before, 6 weeks after, and 1 year after the program. The Simplified Menopausal Index was used to assess the climacteric symptoms and the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health (SF-36) Survey was used to assess the quality of life. Significant improvements were observed in the subscale score for general health perception and the summary score for the physical component summary in the SF-36 Survey. Favorable results also were found for women without a previous exercise habit before the program but who participated in regular exercise 1 year after the program. No improvements were observed in the climacteric symptoms. We concluded that our program was effective for menopausal women in spite of the intervention period being relatively short.

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