This Menopause Study Needs You!
‘Dr Morton’s -the medical helpline’ are recruiting volunteers for a ‘menopause app’ study!
Dr Karen Morton, explains what the study is about, who is eligible and what’s involved.
Take the opportunity to speak to an expert about your menopause symptoms!
Our Gynaecology experts at Dr Morton’s – the medical helpline© launched Dr Morton’s Menopause app with Medopad, the global healthtech company, in December 2018. Its mission is to evaluate the benefits of collecting hard data to inform choices on management of menopause symptoms.
Large numbers of women have downloaded and started using the app, collecting invaluable data which they have shared with the gynaecologist with whom they consult, free of charge, through Dr Morton’s. We have been struck by the severity of symptoms and the degree of distress experienced by many women, such that we have decided to change the registration pathway, to ensure that the first step is registration with Dr Morton’s so that medical help is available immediately. The setting up of your account with Dr Morton’s also ensures that your identity is confirmed by the correct authorities prior to starting the study and prior to the start of collecting data.
The fantastic work of people like Ann and Jo from Positive Pause is gaining more and more momentum, but just talking about it is not enough! Action is needed and sometimes that involves treatment. My description of women as being ‘putter-uppers’ is simply too true.
So, we are so thrilled with the project that we are continuing recruitment in order to get as much statistically significant data as possible.
If you are perimenopausal you can join the study and in doing so get three months’ Free access to expert gynaecologists plus Free download of My Dr Morton’s Menopause app for recording symptom data, to benefit (hopefully) both you as a user to see patterns and monitor treatment, and by sharing it with your gynaecologist, that they too may see objective evidence of how their treatments are working.
What’s the plan?
Open to women between the age of 45 and 55 years. Women may be peri or postmenopausal and can either be taking treatment for menopausal symptoms or not
Must own a Smartphone
How it works:
Women will click through to the Dr Morton’s Menopause app and provide their sign-up details and agree the terms and conditions of the study.
Once you have done this a link will be sent to your email which will take you straight into the Dr Morton’s registration process for the Free gynaecology consultations.
Women who register with Dr Morton’s – the medical helpline will be asked to set up a GoCardless account to confirm online identity and in case they wish to have medication prescribed or decide to use any of Dr Morton’s other services.
All your medical consultations with Dr Morton’s gynaecologists or our GPs for other medical issues will be Free for three months from full completion of registration with Dr Morton’s – the medical helpline.
You will then be sent a second link by email to download Dr Morton’s Menopause app and start monitoring your symptom and wellbeing data. The app encourages you to keep a daily journal and helps monitor treatment, as well as providing you with interesting and up to date information about menopause topics.
After two weeks, you will receive an email asking you to tell us about how the data collection is going.
We suggest that you collect data for two weeks before ringing the Gynaecologist for an initial consultation. If, however you feel you need to speak to the gynaecologist before that time then please do so.
The doctor will ask if you are happy for them to view your Dr Morton’s Menopause app data at the time of the consultation.
Treatment may be prescribed or may be recommended for you to go to your GP to ask for a prescription.
Any difficulty in using the Menopause app will be addressed by the Medopad support team.
As part of the study we aim for you to have at least 2 consultations with the gynaecologist before the three-month trial is over.
We ask that you complete a short questionnaire that will be emailed to you on a monthly basis and at the end of three months. This is to assess if you found the collection and sharing of symptom and well-being data helpful in ensuring your problems were taken seriously.
Consultations with our gynaecologists are available from 7pm to 11pm and no appointments are necessary. Our GPs are available from 7am to 11pm and they will be happy to help with any medical issue.
As an outcome of the study we are looking at things objectively and would like to know if collecting symptomatic data prior to a consultation was it helpful in your decision-making process? The doctors will similarly be asked whether the availability of data improved their ability to help you.
Places are still limited so we do advise that you do this quickly so as not to be disappointed. You can learn more about the study and the service now through this link to get started.
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