Kimberly MacPherson

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An examination of women's transition through menopause provides a remarkable example of nursing's contributions to feminist scholarship. The predominant biomedical model perpetuates the idea that menopause is a deficiency disease, whereas feminist and nurse scholars have deconstructed this paradigm and have reclaimed menopause as a part of midlife women's(More)
Hospitals frequently exhibit wide variation in their prices, and employers and insurers are now experimenting with the use of incentives to encourage employees to make price-conscious choices. This article examines two major new benefit design instruments being tested. In reference pricing, an employer or insurer makes a defined contribution toward covering(More)
Computers are ubiquitous throughout the developed world. Diverse discourses address the pros and cons of using this technology in higher education. Nursing has extensively used informatics but has not, as yet, been involved to any extent in teaching on the Internet. I argue that nurse educators should use computer technology to present substantive and(More)
Using a feminist framework, the roles of science, medicine, pharmaceutical companies, the federal government, and the media are analyzed in the social construction of menopause as a syndrome that includes osteoporosis. The various debates over who defines osteoporosis and thus controls its prevention and treatment are discussed. In conclusion, the feminist(More)
  • K I MacPherson
  • 1993
Because of reported biologic research and mass media attention, the decision to take or not to take noncontraceptive hormones to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major women's health issue. This article offers research-based knoweledge on menopause, CVD, and noncontraceptive hormones that is essential for postmenopausal clients and nurses for their(More)
An understanding of how the corporatization of the health care system has influenced the social context of health workers is essential as nurses attempt to implement an ethic of caring. Since the 1960s, the US health care system has been moving toward increased competition between providers and toward care-avoidance incentives. These incentives created by(More)
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women is being defined by biomedical researchers and physicians as part of the menopausal syndrome. Postmenopausal lowered levels of estrogen are presented as a prime cause of changes in cholesterol levels that are a risk factor for CVD. The biomedical model and hormone debate are described and analyzed, followed by a(More)