HEALTH LITERACY, INNOVATION, VALUE IN HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATION
Topics of conversation to consider through the menopause journey
Life expectancy has increased for women overall over the last few decades. Because of this, more women are expected to live more of their lives after menopause. To support their menopause journey, women can focus on Health Literacy, Innovation, Value in Healthcare and Education.
Explore and learn more about these conversation starters below.
Health Literacy is a way of describing the skills people need to look after their health. It plays an important role in how patients are able to understand and act on health information. In women, menopause represents a key transition and comes with a broad set of questions and considerations about medical care. Health literacy is important at every stage of life, but may be particularly important to consider during and after menopause.
Since the first menopause hormone replacement therapy was approved many decades ago, there has been ongoing innovation in menopause care. Beyond new medicines, innovation can represent new or different technologies and tools for diagnosis, drug delivery methods, or healthcare policies, services or systems.
Value in Healthcare
The word value describes the relative worth, utility, or importance of something in particular. In the healthcare system, patients, providers, employers, insurers and others may have different perspectives on value in healthcare. A patient’s perspective on value in healthcare through the menopause journey is an important topic to consider.
Women may not know what to expect during and after menopause. Education can help! Women should speak with their OB/GYN, nurse practitioner, or primary care doctor to get information. Information about menopause and associated topics such as hot flashes, vaginal atrophy and osteoporosis can support those discussions. Sometimes even understanding the right questions to ask is a good start.