Open Access Study protocol

Integrative health care model for climacteric stage women: design of the intervention

Svetlana V Doubova1*, Patricia Espinosa-Alarcón2, Sergio Flores-Hernández3, Claudia Infante4 and Ricardo Pérez-Cuevas1

Author Affiliations

1 Unidad de Investigación Epidemiológica y en Servicios de Salud, Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI. Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. México D.F., México

2 Unidad de Investigación Educativa. Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. México D.F., México

3 Coordinación de Investigación en Salud, Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. México D.F., México

4 Facultad de Medicina. División de Estudios de Posgrado. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

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BMC Women's Health 2011, 11:6  doi:10.1186/1472-6874-11-6

Published: 20 February 2011



Climacteric stage women experience significant biological, psychological and social changes. With demographic changes being observed in the growing number of climacteric stage women in Mexico, it is important to improve their knowledge about the climacteric stage and its potential associated problems, encourage their participation in screening programs, and promote the acquisition of healthy lifestyles.

At Mexican health care institutions the predominant health care model for climacteric stage women has a biomedical perspective. Medical doctors provide mostly curative services and have limited support from other health professionals. This study aims to design an integrative health care model (IHCM: bio-psycho-social, multidisciplinary and women-centered) applicable in primary care services aimed at climacteric stage women.


We present the design, inclusion criteria and detailed description of an IHCM. The IHCM consists of collaborative and coordinated provision of services by a health team, which is involves a family doctor, nurse, psychologist, and the woman herself. The health team promotes the empowerment of women through individual and group counseling on the climacteric stage and health related self-care. The intervention lasts three months followed by a three-month follow-up period to evaluate the effectiveness of the model. The effectiveness of the model will be evaluated through the following aspects: health-related quality of life (HR-QoL), empowerment, self-efficacy and knowledge regarding the climacteric stage and health-related self-care activities, use of screening services, and improvement in lifestyles (regular leisure time physical activity and healthy diet).


Participation in preventive activities should be encouraged among women in Mexico. Designing and evaluating the effectiveness of an integrative health care model for women at the climacteric stage, based on the empowerment approach and focus on health-related self-care to improve their HR-QoL is pertinent for current health conditions of this age group.

Trial registration

The study is registered at the (NCT01272115).