Knowledge about Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) and attitudes to medical care seeking: a comparison between patients and the general public
2012 (English)In: Open Journal of Nursing, ISSN 2162-5336, E-ISSN 2162-5344, Vol. 2, no 4, 372-378 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Patients with acute myocardial infarction often have long decision times before seeking 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.
To investigate and compare the knowledge of AMI, intended actions in response to AMI-symptoms and attitudes toward seeking medical care of patients and the general public.
This was a multicentre study with descriptive and comparative design, using questionnaires as an instrument. The population consisted of AMI-patients and representatives of the general public.
There was good knowledge about typical AMI-symptoms among the participants. The majority thought an AMI always starts suddenly. Patients did not know more about the time-dependency of treatment outcome than the general public. A greater proportion of the general public would contact an additional person before consulting medical professionals.
Patients had no better knowledge about AMI than the general public, but would more commonly act appropriately in case of AMI-symptoms.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 2, no 4, 372-378 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-191598DOI: 10.4236/ojn.2012.24055OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-191598DiVA: diva2:585938