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Zentralbl Gynakol. 2000;122(5):280-6.

[The Menopause Rating Scale (MRS II): methodological standardization in the German population].

[Article in German]

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I + G Gesundheitsforschung GmbH & Co., M√ľnchen.


The Menopause-Rating-Scale (MRS I) was used in clinical practice since 1992. The physician had to document the severity of 10 important estrogen-related climacteric symptoms. Practical experience and a critical methodological evaluation justified a revision: The MRS I should be converted into a self-administrative rating scale, the wording somewhat optimized, the layout adjusted and one item added. The standardization of the new scale (MRS II) was performed in a representative sample of the German population aged 45-60 years. Three dimensions were extracted from the menopausal symptoms using multivariate statistical techniques: somato-vegetative, psychological, and urogenital complexes of symptoms. A simple evaluation scheme was developed for the MRS II by summing up scoring points. Reference values for the frequency of 4 levels of intensity of complaints in the population were defined and provided for purposes of comparison. The MRS II meets a high methodological standard as an instrument standardized in the population. Moreover, it is convenient to apply this instrument in daily practice in order to quantitate variation of menopausal complaints.

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