Patient Satisfaction with Miniature, Ambulatory, Postmenopausal Hot Flash Recorder

Robert R. Freedman*
Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA

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Although much research is underway to develop new treatments for postmenopausal hot flashes, it is hindered by a lack of suitable outcome measures. Therefore, the author invented a miniature, ambulatory hot flash recorder. The purpose of this study was to ascertain patient satisfaction with this device. Subjects were 38 postmenopausal women reporting frequent hot flashes. They wore the recorder for 3 consecutive weeks. Patients reported that the recorder interfered minimally with their daily activities, was easy to use, and was acceptable in appearance. This device should be useful in evaluating treatments for postmenopausal hot flashes.