Menopause Symptoms? There's an App for That!

Summary and Comment |
October 31, 2014

Menopause Symptoms? There's an App for That!

  1. Diane E. Judge, APN/CNP

An evidence-based mobile app guides women through decision making about therapies for menopause symptoms.

  1. Diane E. Judge, APN/CNP

More than 2 million U.S. women reach menopause each year, yet most of the available information about relieving menopause symptoms is not objectively presented or evidence based. To address this issue, the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) offers MenoPro, a free, downloadable mobile iPhone/iPad app for women with bothersome menopause symptoms. A companion app is available for clinicians; both are expected to be available for other devices.

The app's purpose is to help women work with their clinicians to individualize treatment based on personal preferences and risk factors. Users progress through a series of questions to determine whether they are menopausal and to assess symptom severity, calculate cardiovascular risks, and evaluate risk for reproductive organ cancer. They can then obtain evidence-based information about the risks and benefits of each treatment option (lifestyle modifications, nonprescription therapies, hormone therapies [HT], or prescription nonhormonal therapies). Women interested in HT are encouraged to first try lifestyle modifications for ≥3 months. All users are advised to print out their choices for discussion with their clinicians.

Comment

This is an exciting development in patient education and informed decision making. The MenoPro app provides an evidence-based alternative to Web-surfing for well-educated, English-speaking women with access to the required technologies (according to readability scores, the information is presented at the college level). Clinicians can use the app to guide discussions with those patients who have lower reading comprehension or who lack access to mobile devices. Practices also might consider providing in-office tablets for patients' use.

Dr. Andrew Kaunitz, Editor-in-Chief of NEJM Journal Watch Women's Health, is an author of the summarized article but had no role in selecting or writing the summary.

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  • Disclosures for Diane E. Judge, APN/CNP at time of publication Nothing to disclose

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Reader Comments (1)

steven Physician, Internal Medicine

Who reviewed the article ? The doctor or nurse?
There is a difference in expertise which is what readers are paying for. Why would a nurse be reviewing articles?

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