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The Korean Study of Women's Health-Related Issues (K-Stori): Rationale and Study Design

 Ha Na Cho  ;  Eunji Choi  ;  Da Hea Seo  ;  Mina Suh  ;  Hoo-Yeon Lee  ;  Boyoung Park  ;  Sohee Park  ;  Juhee Cho  ;  Sue Kim  ;  Yeong-Ran Park  ;  Joong-Yeon Lim  ;  Younjihin Ahn  ;  Hyun-Young Park  ;  Kui Son Choi  ;  Yumie Rhee 
 BMC PUBLIC HEALTH, Vol.17(1) : 609, 2017 
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Adolescent ; Adult ; Aged ; Awareness ; Cross-Sectional Studies ; Female ; Health Status* ; Humans ; Menopause/physiology ; Middle Aged ; Pregnant Women ; Reproductive Physiological Phenomena* ; Republic of Korea/epidemiology ; Research Design ; Sexual Behavior ; Women's Health* ; Young Adult
Adolescence ; Childbearing ; Elderly ; Life cycle ; Menopause ; Postpartum ; Pregnancy ; Women’s health
BACKGROUND: Measures to address gender-specific health issues are essential due to fundamental, biological differences between the sexes. Studies have increasingly stressed the importance of customizing approaches directed at women's health issues according to stages in the female life cycle. In Korea, however, gender-specific studies on issues affecting Korean women in relation to stages in their life cycle are lacking. Accordingly, the Korean Study of Women's Health-Related Issues (K-Stori) was designed to investigate life cycle-specific health issues among women, covering health status, awareness, and risk perceptions.

METHODS: K-Stori was conducted as a nationwide cross-sectional survey targeting Korean women aged 14-79 years. Per each stage in the female life cycle (adolescence, childbearing age, pregnancy & postpartum, menopause, and older adult stage), 3000 women (total 15,000) were recruited by stratified multistage random sampling for geographic area based on the 2010 Resident Registration Population in Korea. Specialized questionnaires per each stage (total of five) were developed in consultation with multidisciplinary experts and by reflecting upon current interests into health among the general population of women in Korea. This survey was conducted from April 1 to June 31, 2016, at which time investigators from a professional research agency went door-to-door to recruit residents and conducted in-person interviews.

DISCUSSION: The study's findings may help with elucidating health issues and unmet needs specific to each stage in the life cycle of Korean women that have yet to be identified in present surveys.
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Sue(김수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3785-2445
Park, So Hee(박소희) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8513-5163
Seo, Da Hea(서다혜)
Rhee, Yumie(이유미) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4227-5638
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