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Among all menopausal women (occurring in 16?2 of premenopausal, 39?7 of perimenopausal and 35?0* Correspondence: elina.hemminki@thl.fi 1 National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), P.O. Box 3000271, Helsinki, Finland Full list of author information is available at the end of the articleof postmenopausal women). In a Finnish populationbased study by Hemminki et al. (1995), 28 of women aged
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The health and wellbeing of women and children, strategies to improve maternal and child?2013 Al-Atrushi et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is p
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Ccuracy. In order to protect the confidentiality of the information, names were not included in the written questionnaires. The content validity of questionnaire was determined by a panel of five experts of different specializations. Experts' comments were taken into consideration in modification and revision. These experts generally agreed that the questionnaire was appropriately designed and dev
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En in the control groups (n = 486) were grouped by the number of years followed, with the prevalence and severity of symptoms calculated both cross-sectionally and longitudinally. Results: About two thirds of the women (67 ) reported vasomotor symptoms and half (46 ) bothersome symptoms at recruitment. In the cross-sectional analysis, their prevalence declined between recruitment and 1-year follow
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Ses, it was made sure that each woman was interviewed only once. A pilot study was conducted on 35 women aiming at determining the clarity and the content adequacy of the questionnaire. It also helped in estimating the time required for the data collection and identifying the limitations that might be encountered during data collection. However, this group of women was excluded from the study samp
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T least one of these symptoms was said to be bothersome,Hemminki et al. BMC Women's Health 2012, 12:44 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6874/12/Page 3 ofthe woman was categorized as having bothersome symptoms of that group.Table 2 Proportions ( ) of women with vasomotor symptoms and bothersome symptoms1 in past two weeks, at each survey (cross-sectional analysis)Recruitment Women
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Ttle change in the prevalence of women reporting bothersome pains.CommentsAbout two thirds of the women in this selected group of women reported vasomotor symptoms and about half reported them being bothersome symptoms. There was a notable variation in the development over time in the prevalence of bothersome symptoms. The development over time was related both to the timing of entering the study,
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Ccuracy. In order to protect the confidentiality of the information, names were not included in the written questionnaires. The content validity of questionnaire was determined by a panel of five experts of different specializations. Experts' comments were taken into consideration in modification and revision. These experts generally agreed that the questionnaire was appropriately designed and dev

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