Experiences of postmenopausal osteoporosis: a narrative review

Faiza Al Zadjali, Jane Brooks, Terence O'Neill, Emma Stanmore (Corresponding)

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Purpose: A narrative review was conducted to identify, critically appraise, and synthesise primary research on the lived experiences of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Materials and methods: A systematic search of qualitative studies published between January 1960 and August 2021 was conducted across seven databases. The selected qualitative studies reported the lived experiences of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, both with and without a history of fragility fractures. Results: A total of 17 publications (n=334) were identified. These results suggest that osteoporosis and fragility fractures significantly affected postmenopausal women’s lives. They reported difficulties in carrying out daily activities due to pain and change in their routines to cope with health problems. Some women were satisfied with the information provided by healthcare professionals. Their medicine adherence was also determined by their belief in the importance of their scheduled treatment for osteoporosis. Conclusion: Qualitative studies that explored the lived experiences of postmenopausal women with osteoporosis can provide important insights into the impact of the disease on women’s lives and potential pathways for improving care and management.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Early online date27 Jan 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jan 2023


  • Osteoporosis
  • Qualitative
  • Phenomenology
  • Postmenopausal

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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