Investigating Health for Mid-Life and Older Women
The Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN) is a multi-site longitudinal, epidemiologic study designed to examine the health of women during their middle years. The study examines the physical, biological, psychological and social changes during this transitional period.
SWAN is an active study with engaged investigators and participants.
What is SWAN?
The study examines the physical, biological, psychological and social changes during this transitional period. The goal of SWAN’s research is to help scientists, health care providers and women learn how mid-life experiences affect health and quality of life during aging. The study is co-sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Research on Women’s Health, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
The SWAN Seven Score risk tool predicts women’s future health risks and possible health interventions.
The SWAN Seven Score risk tool predicts midlife women’s future health risks 10 years out.
The SWAN Seven Score risk tool assesses older women’s risk for major problems 10 years out.
New York Times article titled “Menopause is Different for Women of Color” features SWAN Investigators, Dr. Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, Dr. Monica Christmas and Dr. Rebecca Thurston
The article references SWAN as a study that has found some key differences in the menopause transition across races.
SWAN investigator Dr. Siobhan Harlow discusses the challenges, contributing factors and coping methods for increased midlife menstrual flow.
Researchers say understanding differences in when menopause starts in racial and ethnic groups can help with screening and preventive care.