The annual follow-up (FU) visit is scheduled to fall within 45 days before
or after the anniversary of the baseline index date. If the annual follow-up
is not initiated within that targeted window, the window for initiation is
extended for an additional 135 days. If the annual follow-up is not
initiated within the extended window, the participant is contacted the
following year for the next annual visit, based on her original anniversary
date. Once data collection for an annual follow-up has begun, all data
collection for that visit must be completed within 91 days or 60 days if
initiation occurs within the last 30 days of the extended window.
The annual follow-up visits are designed to track the relationships between
various aspects of women's health and well-being with menopause and aging
(and their health and psychosocial consequences) that may change over time.
Information obtained from the monthly menstrual calendars and the daily
diary of the Daily Hormone Study to provide additional information on
bleeding patterns, hormones, and symptoms.
The annual follow-up visit currently includes the following core components:
physical measures (blood pressure, pulse, measurement of height, weight, hip
and waist), bone density scan, fasting morning blood draw during days 2-5 of
the menstrual cycle for menstruating women; interview-administered
questionnaire; self-administered questionnaires. These instruments are
completed by all women at all sites. The core components of the follow-up
visit take approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete, and participants are
paid for their participation.
In Pittsburgh, we also conduct studies on:
Mood and Emotional Well Being, the
Follow the links below for a description of each years components.