Osteoporosis is a significant clinical and public health concern worldwide.
Despite the impact of this condition on women's lives, most studies have focused on its clinical manifestations, drug efficacy, and medical treatment. Furthermore, most studies have been conducted in the West. This study aimed to uncover the personal experiences of postmenopausal Omani women living with osteoporosis.
Methods: In this interpretive phenomenological study, a purposive sample of 15
postmenopausal Omani women with osteoporosis was recruited from primary and secondary care facilities in Muscat, Oman. Semi‐structured one‐to‐one interviews were conducted via Zoom and telephone because of coronavirus disease 2019 restrictions. The interviews were audio‐recorded, and the Ajjawi and Higgs framework was used to analyse the data thematically.
Results: The following key themes were constructed from the interviews: the impact of osteoporosis on religious practices, cultural and social life, and financial status, and the benefits derived from religious and cultural practices and rituals, including Muslim prayer, recitation of Quranic verses, and herbal remedies to cope with osteoporosis‐related pain and suffering.
Conclusion: Osteoporosis and fragility fractures have a significant impact on the
religious, cultural, and financial lives of postmenopausal Omani women with
osteoporosis. Muslim prayers, recitation of Quranic verses, and herbal remedies
are coping strategies for pain in this population.
Patient or Public Contribution: Postmenopausal Omani women with osteoporosis
participated in this study through interviews and contributed their lived experiences. Orthopaedic doctors helped recruit patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy|
|Early online date||26 Jul 2023|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 26 Jul 2023|
- lived experience
Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms
- Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
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