4 Women's Health Trends Pharmacists Should Watch

MAY 23, 2016
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
The term “women’s health” shouldn’t be limited to reproductive matters.
Health care professionals often associate the term “women’s health” with pregnancy and gynecology, but in reality, health issues and care strategies for women are much broader.

Source: Advisory Board Company
According to research findings from the Advisory Board Company, 62% of women attribute their lack of health care knowledge to a lack of time, while 77% report not knowing what to do in order to stay healthy.
Pharmacists are well placed to shift the women’s health paradigm and help women better understand their entire health status.
Here are a few key trends pharmacists should keep in mind regarding this patient population:
1. The aging population is shifting care demand.
The number of women aged 65 and older is projected to increase by 35% over the next decade, so pharmacists should be prepared to work with and counsel elderly female patients.
Certain conditions may affect elderly women in particular. For example, acute coronary syndrome is a problem in the elderly population because survival rates decline with increasing age.
Men experience their first myocardial infarction (MI) around age 65, but that initial event is more likely to occur about 7 years later for women, at around age 72. Those who experience a first MI after age 75 have life expectancies of just 3.2 years.
Meanwhile, one study showed that the mortality rate among elderly women with persistent constipation was 11%, and many more reported significantly lower quality of life and higher levels of depression.