Measurement of Quality of Life in Menopausal Women: A Systematic Review

Hyunjeong Shin, Hye Sook Shin

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Use of a wide variety of quality of life (QoL) instruments, each measuring a different aspect of menopause with a different type of underlying scale, has been a major problem in menopause research. The aim of this review was to identify instruments developed for menopausal women and evaluate the psychometric properties and appropriateness of instruments for the study of QoL in menopausal women. Seven measures from 16 papers were chosen for the review. The psychometric evaluations were conducted based on quality judgment criteria. Of the seven measures reviewed in this study, the psychometric quality scores of Women's Health Questionnaire (WHQ) was the highest. However, the result indicates that most instruments of menopause-specific QoL need further testing and evaluation of the various aspects of their psychometric properties. In addition, future research assessing psychometric properties with cross-cultural samples may be beneficial in adapting measures to specific context and study populations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-503
Number of pages29
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • instrument
  • menopause
  • middle-aged
  • quality of life
  • systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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