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Menopause GAP: exploring inequalities in menopause care in GenerAl Practice using qualitative methodology

The menopause is a time when a woman’s periods stop and her hormone levels change. Around 85% of women experience problems, such as hot flushes, changes in mood, joint pains. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be prescribed for symptoms. Our previous research showed that general practitioners (GPs) in more deprived areas prescribe less HRT to women than in affluent areas. Previous research has also shown that Black and South Asian women are less likely to be prescribed HRT. The reasons for this, and the extent to which this relates to women’s expectations or how menopause care is organised and delivered is unknown.

We aim to understand this problem by carrying out interviews and focus groups to explore with women, particularly from groups that are less often prescribed HRT, their experiences of obtaining information, care and support for the menopause and of menopause care in general practice.

Funded by:


Research team members:

Associate Prof Sarah Hillman, Prof Jeremy Dale, Assistant Prof Abi Eccles, Dr Claire Mann, Dr Patricia Apenteng (University of Birmingham) 



South Asian Health Foundation 


1st July 2023 to 1st October 2024

Contact the study team:

menopause dot gap at warwick dot ac dot uk

024 7652 3164