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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: Listening to Women to Improve their Health, Mental Health and Quality of Life
3042.0: Monday, December 12, 2005: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Listening to Women to Improve their Health, Mental Health and Quality of Life
This session includes four oral presentations about women’s health and methods to improve health care access, health decision-making, and quality of life. The presentations involve qualitative and quantitative approaches to developing evidence that will influence public health screening, clinical care, and health promotion education.. One study examined the physical and emotional stress women experience during pregnancy. In its ethnically diverse sample, the researchers found that depression was associated with worse health-related quality of life and encourage providers to screen for depression early and often in pregnancy. A second study described the results of a pilot of fertility awareness guidelines for postpartum women who cannot use lactational amenorrhea methods. A third study examined whether physician awareness—or women’s knowledge of health warnings about hormone replacement therapy—influenced treatment decisions. The fourth study examined examined the utility of a new tool to measure adaptation of women with pelvic floor dysfunction. All of the studies in this session reflect innovative methodology and encourage the incorporation of women’s experiences into public health research and clinical treatment.
Learning Objectives: At the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1. Understand the association of health-related quality of life and depression in early pregnancy. 2. Understand a CDC measure of health-related quality of life for pregnant women. 3. Describe guidelines for fertility awareness instruction for postpartum women. 4. Identify whether science-based hormone replacement therapy education may disproportionately affect women’s treatment decisions, by ethnicity or race. 5. Describe how to quantitatively and qualitatively apply methods to assess psychosocial well-being for use in clinical care and research. 6. Characterize the extent to which women with pelvic floor disorders engage in adaptive behaviors.
Organizer(s):Marjorie R. Sable, DrPH, MSW
Wendy L. Hellerstedt, MPH, PhD
Presider(s):Marjorie R. Sable, DrPH, MSW
Wendy L. Hellerstedt, MPH, PhD
8:30 AMFertility Awareness-Based Guidelines for Postpartum Women: Results from a Pilot Study  [ Recorded presentation ]
Marcos Arevalo, MD, MPH, Irit Sinai, PhD
8:50 AMDepression and Health-Related Quality of Life in Early Pregnancy  [ Recorded presentation ]
Wanda Nicholson, MD, MPH, Rosanna Setse, MBChB, MPH, Felicia Briggs-Hill, PhD, Lisa Cooper, MD, Donna Strobino, PhD, Neil R. Powe, MD, MPH, MBA
9:10 AMDevelopment of the Adaptations Index for women with pelvic floor disorders: The value of the patient’s voice
Patricia A. Wren, PhD, MPH
9:30 AMAre diverse populations differentially affected by hormone replacement therapy health warnings?  [ Recorded presentation ]
Elaine G. Zahnd, PhD, Susan A. Holtby, MPH, Christy McCain, MPH, Y. Jenny Chia, PhD
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Maternal and Child Health
Endorsed by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights; Black Caucus of Health Workers; Epidemiology; Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA