Utilization pattern of hormone therapy in UK general practice between 1996 and 2015: a descriptive study

Burkard, Theresa and Moser, Manon and Rauch, Marlene and Jick, Susan S. and Meier, Christoph R.. (2019) Utilization pattern of hormone therapy in UK general practice between 1996 and 2015: a descriptive study. Menopause (New York, N.Y.), 26 (7). pp. 741-749.

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To describe the long-term trends in hormone therapy (HT) use in UK general practice after evidence of associated increased risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and breast cancer, subsequent guideline changes in 2003/2004 advising individualized HT prescribing, and halving of HT use between 2002 and 2005.; We conducted a descriptive study to quantify annual proportions of overall and new HT use in women aged 40 to 79 years, using the UK-based Clinical Practice Research Datalink (1996-2015). We further described HT utilization patterns (drug type, administration route, dose) within 2-year blocks overall and within subpopulations with pre-existing CVD or breast cancer.; Overall HT use continued to decline from 9.4% in 2006 to 7.5% in 2015. Between 1998 and 2001, the proportion of HT initiation was around 1.7%, which halved by 2005 (0.8%), and increased again up until 2015 (1.0%). The mean age of HT users increased from 54.7 in 1996/1997 to 56.6 in 2002/2003, and leveled off at 57 to 58 years in 2014/2015. The prevalence of CVD in HT users decreased from a peak of 5.8% in 2002/2003 to 4.5% in 2014/2015, whereas breast cancer prevalence continuously increased from 0.9% in 1996/1997 to 1.9% in 2014/2015. Overall, we observed trends towards use of estrogen therapy, vaginal HT, and lower HT dose after 2002/2003, which were stronger among subpopulations with pre-existing CVD or breast cancer.; Our study suggests that the HT guideline changes implemented in UK clinical practice resulted in safer HT use, particularly in women with pre-existing CVD or breast cancer.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Pharmazeutische Wissenschaften > Pharmazie > Klinische Pharmazie/Spitalpharmazie (Meier)
UniBasel Contributors:Meier, Christoph R.
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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