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Development and evaluation of online menopause awareness training for line managers in UK organizations

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Claire Hardy, Amanda Griffiths, Myra S. Hunter

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-89
Number of pages7
JournalMaturitas
Volume120
Early online date4 Dec 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

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Objectives To develop and evaluate a 30-minute online training for managers, in order to improve menopause-related knowledge, attitudes and confidence in having supportive discussions with women experiencing menopausal symptoms at work. The study also explored intentions and behaviour in terms of having conversations. Study design A prospective, pre-post design involved collecting data at three time points: pre-training, immediately after training, and four weeks post-training. Three UK organizations (one public, two private sector) participated. On-line questionnaires collected sociodemographic and background data. Qualitative and quantitative evaluation data were collected in post-intervention questionnaires. Paired t-tests and McNemar tests examined statistical differences pre- and post-training; thematic content analysis was performed on qualitative data. Main outcome measures Menopause knowledge, attitudes and confidence in talking about the menopause at work, intentions, and actual behaviour. Results 270 staff were invited and 98 consented to participate; 62 and 61 provided data immediately and 4 weeks post training, respectively. Compared to pre-training scores, statistically significant improvements were found in menopause-related knowledge, attitude (not viewing the menopause as an embarrassing topic to talk about at work), confidence in talking about the menopause with staff, and intentions to discuss menopause, at both follow-up assessments. Over 90% of respondents reported that they found the training useful and would recommend it to others. Conclusions A brief menopause awareness training may be a feasible and effective way to help managers become more knowledgeable about menopause-related problems and more confident in discussing and exploring solutions with their staff.

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