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Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) Website Tool

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Institute on Aging (NIA) Identifier:
First received: April 26, 2006
Last updated: NA
Last verified: April 2006
History: No changes posted
The purpose of this study is to evaluate a prototype web-based module for patients to generate appropriate and focused health information along with a customized set of questions to take to their health care provider for discussion on hormone replacement therapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Communication Menopause Hormone Replacement Therapy Behavioral: TalkToYourDoc(sm) hormone therapy module Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Educational/Counseling/Training
Official Title: Testing an Interactive Website for Hormone Replacement

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Further study details as provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Communication and satisfaction parameters from post-visit surveys of both patients and providers.

Estimated Enrollment: 280
Study Start Date: March 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2005
Detailed Description:

Patient-centered care may be enhanced by medically accurate, personalized health information generated by specialized software on the Internet. This study assessed the effect of a web-based interactive tool about menopausal hormone therapy (HT) on patient and provider communication and satisfaction.

The controlled, randomized evaluation of the TalkToYourDoc(sm) (TTYD) interactive website module on communication, satisfaction and efficiency of office visits involved 288 women born between 1930 and 1960 and 26 health care providers in an outpatient, academic setting. Women were randomized after stratification by HT use to usual care or access to the TTYD website. The TTYD website built a personalized series of questions based on participant input regarding health status and generated a printout of health issues, medications and questions about HT for participants to bring to the visit with their health care provider.

Results of the study found that women who participated in the intervention were more likely to come prepared to the clinic appointment with appropriate questions (80% vs. 96%) than women receiving usual care. Participants found the website easy to use, the questions generated were useful in the discussion of HT, and they felt that providers had a positive response to the printout. Providers felt that women who participated in the intervention were more engaged in the discussion and asked more relevant questions regarding HT. Providers had a higher level of satisfaction with the discussion with intervention participants, and felt that these office visits were more efficient.

Therefore, it was determined that the TalkToYourDoc(sm) module enhanced communication between women and their providers, led to greater visit satisfaction for both patient and provider, and improved visit efficiency.


Ages Eligible for Study:   45 Years to 74 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women born between 1930 to 1960
  • Scheduled appointment at the OB/GYN or Family and Community Medicine out-patient clinics between 11/9/2004 to 12/2/2005

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Men
  • Current pregnancy
  • Diagnosed cancer
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00319072

United States, Wisconsin
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 53226
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Principal Investigator: Elaine Eaker, ScD Eaker Epidemiology Enterprises, LLC
Study Director: Vanessa M. Barnabei, MD, PhD Medical College of Wisconsin
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications: Identifier: NCT00319072     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AG0065
R44AG019082-03 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: April 26, 2006
Last Updated: April 26, 2006

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on September 21, 2017