Core Outcomes in Menopause

Project Details

The COMMA project is an international collaboration which aims to develop and disseminate Core Outcome Sets for research in menopause. Menopause is a natural biological event that occurs in all women, and is the time when their menstrual periods stop permanently. Menopause normally occurs between the ages of 45-55. Many women experience symptoms associated with menopause, including hot flushes, night sweats, and symptoms related to vaginal dryness.

The COMMA project is being led by an international team of experts, including menopause clinicians, researchers, and women with experience of menopause

To find out more about this project go to the COMMA website.


Professor Martha Hickey

Dr Sarah Lensen

Research Publications

S Iliodromiti, W Wang, MA Lumsden, MS Hunter, R Bell, G Mishra, M Hickey, the International COMMA (Core Outcomes in Menopause) Consortium. Variation in menopausal vasomotor symptoms outcomes in clinical trials: a systematic review. BJOG 2020 Feb;127(3):320-333. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.15990.

MM Christmas, B Song, RJ Bell, S Iliodromiti, C Mitchell, M Hickey, and the International COMMA (Core OutcoMes in MenopAuse) Consortium. Variation in outcome reporting and measurement tools in clinical trials of treatments for genitourinary symptoms in peri- and postmenopausal women: a systematic review. Menopause 2020. Vol. 27, No. 9, DOI: 10.1097/GME.0000000000001570

BV Kim, S Iliodromiti, MChristmas, R Bell, S Lensen, M Hickey, on behalf of the International COMMA (Core Outcomes in Menopause) Consortium Protocol for development of a core outcome set for menopausal symptoms (COMMA). Menopause 2020. In press

Research Group

Gynaecology Research Centre - Hickey Group

School Research Themes

Ageing, Women's Health, Infectious Diseases and Immunity

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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