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- Retrospective self-report compared with menstrual diary data prospectively kept during the menopausal transition
- Taffe, John; Dennerstein, Lorraine
- OBJECTIVE: To investigate the reliability of self-report of menstrual frequency and flow changes in the context of determining menopausal status categories, using data from the longitudinal phase of the Melbourne Women's Midlife Health Project (MWMHP). METHODS: Women reporting at interview at least one menstrual period during the previous 3 months are assigned pre- or perimenopausal status according to their responses to questions about changes in menstrual frequency and flow. For a sample of 72 such women, menstrual diary information was converted into standardized scores measuring change in frequency and flow of menses during the 2 years prior to interview. These scores, coded into categories, were used to derive measures of the sensitivity, specificity and predictive values of the interview responses. RESULTS: Self-report of change in menstrual frequency and flow have low sensitivity to measures based on prospectively kept menstrual diaries. CONCLUSIONS: Retrospective self-report at interview of changes in menstrual frequency and flow should not be regarded as reliable measures of actual changes in cycle parameters.
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- Journal article
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- Swinburne University of Technology. School of Mathematical Sciences
- Climacteric, Vol. 3, no. 3 (Sep 2000), pp. 183-191
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- Parthenon Publishing Group
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