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PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO HORMONE THERAPY COUNSELING AND TREATMENT FEATURED AT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH 2004



Continuing Medical Education Session and New Health & Sexuality® Magazine Released at Annual Clinical Meeting

For Immediate Release
September 8,  2004

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ann McCall
Phone: (202) 466-3825
E-mail: communications@arhp.org
Website: http://www.arhp.org

WASHINGTON, DC (September 8, 2004) - The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), an education association representing leading healthcare providers, researchers, and educators in the field, announces two new components of its continuing medical education program, New Dynamics in Health Care®: Hormone Therapy and Menopause Care. The annual meeting of ARHP and the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), Reproductive Health 2004, will feature a continuing medical education (CME) session called Hormone Therapy and Menopause Care, which will take place on Thursday, September 9th from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. In conjunction with the session, a new issue of Health & Sexuality magazine called Menopause and Hormone Therapy: Tools for Making Informed Decisions will be released.

"The results of the WHI and HERS studies were very confusing to health care providers and their patients," says Dr. Alan Altman, MD, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive genetics at Harvard Medical School and co-chair of New Dynamics in Health Care: Hormone Therapy and Menopause Care. "The confusion stems from the generalization of the results-which include women well beyond their menopause-to younger women who appropriately started hormone therapy shortly after their menopause."

The content for the program was developed by a team of medical experts, and is based on the advice of a panel of respected clinicians convened by ARHP earlier this year. The program includes practical tips for providers about counseling patients and recommendations for further research on hormone therapy and treatment.

"It's time that we take the mystery out of menopausal health care for both the patient and the clinician," says Barb Malat, CPNP, PA-C, co-chair of the New Dynamics in Health Care: Hormone Therapy and Menopause Care program. "This publication provides health care providers with comprehensive, practical, and user friendly information about how to individualize care for their patients."

Credentialed members of the press are invited to attend Reproductive Health 2004 at no charge. To view the agenda, go to www.arhp.org/conferences/ and for more information on attending the meeting, please contact Ann McCall, ARHP communications and policy manager, at amccall@arhp.org or (202) 466-3825. To view the Health & Sexuality on line, go to: www.arhp.org/HShormonetherapy.

New Dynamics in Health Care: Hormone Therapy and Menopause was made possible by an unrestricted educations grant from Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc.



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The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) is the leading source for trusted medical education and information on reproductive and sexual health. ARHP educates health care providers, informs consumers, and helps shape public policy. ARHP is a non-profit membership association composed of highly qualified and committed experts in reproductive health. ARHP members are health professionals in clinical practice, education, research, and advocacy and they include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse midwives, researchers, educators, pharmacists, and other professionals in reproductive health. To learn more, visit: http://www.arhp.org.