Knowledge about Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and attitudes to medical care seeking: a comparison between patients and the general public
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Background: Patients with acute myocardial infarction often have long decision times beforeseeking medical care. The decision time is influenced by knowledge of AMI-symptoms,psychological factors and the response of people near the patient to the symptoms.Aim: To investigate and compare the knowledge of AMI, intended actions in response to AMIsymptomsand attitudes toward seeking medical care of patients and the general public.Method: This was a multi-centre study with descriptive and comparative design, usingquestionnaires as an instrument. The population consisted of AMI-patients and representatives ofthe general public.Results: There was good knowledge about typical AMI-symptoms among the participants. Themajority thought an AMI always starts suddenly. Patients did not know more about the timedependencyof treatment outcome than the general public. A greater proportion of the generalpublic would contact an additional person before consulting medical professionals.Conclusions: Patients had no better knowledge about AMI than the general public, but wouldmore commonly act appropriately in case of AMI-symptoms.
Acute myocardial infarction, decision making, patient, general public, knowledge and attitudes
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-156574OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-156574DiVA: diva2:432551