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Nurses faith in HRT "reassuring"

A new survey shows that nurses still have faith in hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as the "most effective treatment for menopausal symptoms".

The International Menopause Society (IMS) carried out the survey to discover how extensive negative reporting about HRT has affected the attitudes of healthcare professionals.

It investigated the level of confidence in effective treatment for menopausal symptoms and professionals' level of awareness of the latest IMS guidelines.

Some 78% of professionals said that negative media coverage of HRT was unjustified and 90% felt that the benefits outweighed the risks for suitable patients.

Professor Birkhauser from the IMS and the Division of Gynaecological Endocrinology and Reproductive Medicine says he is surprised by the results.

"We had always hoped that good clinical practice and knowledge of the real data and facts would win through but there was a lot of misleading implication around the studies which was very harmful to the whole area of menopause treatment and management," he says.

"However, to see such a virtual consensus in faith with the physicians surveyed is very reassuring."

International Menopause Society