Menopause Rating Scale as a screening tool in rural Turkey


Metintas S. , Arykan I., Kalyoncu C., Ozalp S.

RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH, vol.10, no.1, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 10 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Title of Journal : RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH

Abstract

Introduction: Women living in rural areas of Turkey experience difficulties in accessing healthcare services, and this is attributed to distance from urban healthcare centers, financial barriers and poverty, a low education level, and gender discrimination. The purpose of this study was to test the applicability of the menopause rating scale (MRS) as a screening tool by primary healthcare professionals for identifying women with severe menopausal symptoms. The objectives of the study were to test the validity and reliability of the MRS in rural areas of Turkey, to determine estimation values for referral to the secondary level of healthcare, and to assess the prevalence of severe menopausal symptoms among rural Turkish women.