Menopause is a condition that arises due to ageing and a health priority area identified through clinical practice and those with lived experience.
Although menopause eventually affects all women it is an under-researched area.
Basic understanding of why menopause occurs and why experiences differ so much between women is lacking. There is a lack of consensus about what symptoms menopause causes and this is problematic for patients and clinicians. Not surprisingly, many women report feeling unprepared for menopause and dissatisfied with information and education available. There are racial/ethnic variations in menopause timing and symptoms which are poorly understood . This uncertainty and substantial variation between women impacts on the quality of care provided to women experiencing menopause and limits provision of evidence-based care by their healthcare providers.
The Menopause Priority Setting Partnership (MAPS) group is a clinician researcher led project to establish a Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) in menopause. This will bring together clinicians and those with lived experience on an equal footing to identify evidence gaps that are important to both groups. By identifying evidence gaps, MAPS will improve clinical practice and outcomes for women experiencing menopause.
The initial survey opened in October 2023.