Hormone Replacement Therapy: An Analysis Focusing on Drug Claims by Female Seniors, 2000 to 2007

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The use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by senior Canadian women in five provinces has dropped from 14% to 5% since the publication of the 2002 Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study, which found the health risks of using HRT outweighed the benefits. A new analysis of public drug claims from the *Canadian Institute for Health Information* (CIHI) shows that the use of HRT among female seniors (aged 65 and older) in five provinces declined each year between 2001--2002 and 2006--2007, with the highest average annual rate of decline (30%) occurring in the two-year period following the publication of the WHI study. The five provinces included in the CIHI analysis were Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.   Read the complete study.