|Since 1996, women of the baby boomer generation have been turning 50 and will continue to do so until the last baby boomer turns 50 in 2014. This means that more and more women are approaching and experiencing menopause. With conflicting reports on treatment options, including hormone replacement therapy (HRT), many want to know, "What's a woman to do?"
Sarah Freeman, PhD, ARNP, FAANP and Ora Strickland, PhD, DSc (Hon.), RN, FAAN, professors at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing will delve into the subject at the Great Teachers Lecture on Thursday, November 4 titled "Who Stole My Hormones?" addressing the clinical and research management of menopausal women.
The lecture is free and open to the public at the University's Miller-Ward Alumni House, 815 Houston Mill Road, from 7:30 - 9 p.m. Free parking is available. For further information, contact the Emory Center for Lifelong Learning at 404-727-6000.
New data on the proper place for hormone therapy in postmenopausal management has been confusing to women and clinicians alike. According to Dr. Freeman, the application of these research findings in clinical practice is important to the continuation of good healthcare for women: "By involving women in the decision making process, they can make informed choices on the management of their symptoms and be an active member of their healthcare team during this important stage of their lives."
Dr. Strickland agrees there are "several studies that have presented findings that could impact hormone therapy in menopausal women," and as part of the lecture, an analysis of the major studies and their results will be provided.
Drs. Freeman and Strickland also will discuss a variety of new options available for women seeking hormonal therapy that allow a woman and her clinician to develop a plan that is safe and effective as well as discuss ways to properly utilize new research to individualize menopausal and post-menopausal care.
A nurse practitioner for more than 20 years, Dr. Sarah Freeman is director of the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and the Women's Health/Adult Nurse Practitioner Programs at Emory School of Nursing. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and maintains a clinical practice in both women's health and chronic disease management. The recipient of many training grants related to the education of women's health nurses, she is currently the principal investigator on the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner grant.
Dr. Ora Strickland is an internationally known specialist in nursing research, measurement, evaluation, maternal and child health and parenting. She teaches primarily in the Ph.D. program in nursing at Emory, with teaching activities focusing on measurement, research design and research applications through doctoral student mentorship. Her research focuses primarily on measurement as well as perinatal health, women's health and minority health issues with an emphasis on the psychosocial and biophysiological outcomes during life transitions and in chronic diseases.
Her research has been featured in over 80 newspapers and on over l,200 radio stations internationally. An Associated Press story about her NIH funded study of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) appeared in numerous newspapers across the nation, and has been featured on several television news programs. Dr. Strickland is one of the Emory site principal investigators for the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), the largest known clinical trial of its kind, which will study 164,000 postmenopausal women nationally over the course of 13 years.