Primary care in the postmenopausal woman.
For the obstetrician/gynecologist to function as a primary care physician he or she must be aware of all aspects of the patient's health care needs. Nutrition, weight control, exercise programs, and immunization are essential components of health maintenance. One must be alert to the development of chronic disease and disability, and utilize available screening techniques wisely and effectively. Education can increase compliance and sometimes modify harmful behavior. Informing the patient regarding common changes at menopause and beyond may smooth the transition. A sympathetic and supportive approach, along with judicious use of pharmacologic agents, should help each woman maintain the level of performance to which she is accustomed.
Piscitelli, JT; Parker, RT
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