Coronary Heart Disease and Early Decision Making, from Symptoms to Seeking Care: Studies with Focus on Pre-hospital Delay in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Despite several investigations and interventions aimed at decreasing the time from symptom onset to medical care seeking in acute myocardial infarction patients, the delay time is still too long for best treatment outcomes. In this thesis, investigations aimed at improving our understanding of the factors influencing delay time are evaluated, as well as attitudes to medical care seeking in patients, relatives and the general public. Additionally, an evaluation was performed to examine whether health-related quality of life had any influence on delay time and re-admissions.
Participating patients, relatives and representatives of the general public were generally knowledgeable about acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and its symptomatology. The majority of participants knew about the importance of receiving fast treatment when an AMI occurs. Despite people’s knowledge, several patients and relatives felt uncertain of symptom origin and how to act at symptom onset. Patients commonly consulted an additional person when symptoms did not disappear. However, people appeared to act more appropriately if someone else had chest pain compared to self-experienced symptoms.
In patients who had suffered from more than one AMI, poor total health status increased the risk of delaying for more than two hours, but no independent association was found between total health status and re-admissions within the first year post-AMI.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitetis Upsaliensis , 2011. , 71 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 685
Acute Myocardial Infarction, Pre-Hospital Delay, Knowledge, Attitudes, Decision Making, Quality of Life, Re-admission
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-156636ISBN: 978-91-554-8114-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-156636DiVA: diva2:432646
2011-09-16, Enghoffsalen, Akademiska sjukhuset, Uppsala, 13:00 (Swedish)
Strömberg, Anna, Professor
Lindahl, Bertil, ProfessorLarsson, Margareta, Ass professor
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