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New study to help menopausal women at work

 

Professor Amanda Griffiths (Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology) and Professor Myra Hunter (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London) have been awarded £170,000 to develop a self-help intervention designed to help working women deal with troublesome menopause symptoms. The menopause causes problems for some of the 3.5 million working women in the UK who are aged 50-65.

The award, from the charity ‘Wellbeing of Women’, will fund a controlled trial using a brief cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based intervention. The project also aims to raise awareness among managers about the menopause as a possible occupational health issue, and about how to support women who may be affected.

Professor Griffiths says:

“We are delighted with this award from Wellbeing of Women. My research has shown that the menopause can cause significant problems for some working women, although many prefer not to talk about it. As a rule, managers are not aware that it can present problems. Some women take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help them to manage working life, but many prefer non-pharmacological options. My colleague Myra has piloted an intervention which has helped women in a community sample deal with menopause symptoms. We want to establish whether a modified version of this intervention would help improve women’s working lives.”

Wellbeing of Women is the charity dedicated to improving the health of women and babies across the UK. (Visit their website: http://www.wellbeingofwomen.org.uk/research/about-us/)

Posted on Tuesday 29th July 2014

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