The impact of COVID-19 on a specialised menopause clinic: Changes in practice and women's experiences

Samantha L. Kozica-Olenski, Drishti P. Ghelani, Jacqueline A. Boyle, Amanda J. Vincent

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Aims: The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the rapid change in a dedicated multidisciplinary menopause clinic from in-person consultations to telehealth. The aim of this study was to explore the impact of COVID-19 on menopause service delivery and consumer experiences. Methods: Two-part study involving the following. (i) Clinical audit conducted June–July 2019 (pre-COVID-19) and June–July 2020 (COVID-19) assessing practice and service delivery changes. Assessment outcomes included: patient demographics, cause of menopause, presence of menopause symptoms, appointment attendance, medical history, investigations and menopause treatments. (ii) A post-clinic online survey exploring the acceptability and experience of telehealth, once telehealth models of care had been routinely used in the menopause service (2021). Results: Pre-COVID (n = 156) and COVID-19 (n = 150) clinic consultations were audited. Menopause care delivery changed significantly from 100% face-to-face consultations in 2019 to 95.4% telehealth consultations in 2020. In 2020, fewer women had investigations performed vs 2019 (P < 0.001), although use of menopausal therapies was similar (P < 0.05). Ninety-four women completed the online survey. Most women (70%) were satisfied with their telehealth consultation and perceived that the doctor effectively communicated with them (76%). Women preferred face-to-face consultations for their first menopause clinic visit (69%) and telehealth for review consultations (65%). The majority of women (62%) viewed the continuation of telehealth consultations as ‘moderately’ to ‘extremely useful’ post-pandemic. Conclusion: The COVID-19 pandemic caused significant changes to menopause service delivery. Telehealth was perceived as feasible and acceptable by women, supporting the continuation of a hybrid service delivery model incorporating telehealth and face-to-face consultation to meet the needs of women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-433
Number of pages9
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • COVID-19
  • menopause
  • model of care
  • outpatients
  • telehealth

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