Cardiac misconceptions in healthcare workers

Angus, Neil, Patience, Fiona, MacLean, Elizabeth, Corrigall, Helen, Bradbury, Ian, Thompson, David R., Atherton, Iain and Leslie, Stephen J. (2012) Cardiac misconceptions in healthcare workers. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, . doi:10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2011.01.004

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Author Angus, Neil
Patience, Fiona
MacLean, Elizabeth
Corrigall, Helen
Bradbury, Ian
Thompson, David R.
Atherton, Iain
Leslie, Stephen J.
Title Cardiac misconceptions in healthcare workers
Journal name European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-5151
Publication date 2012-03
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2011.01.004
Total pages 6
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Cardiac misconceptions are common and may have a detrimental effect on patients. Such misconceptions may be introduced or reinforced by vague and inconsistent advice from healthcare staff and can adversely affect health outcomes.

Aim: To assess whether level of cardiac misconceptions significantly differs between groups of healthcare staff based on occupation.

Methods: The 22-item York Cardiac Beliefs Questionnaire (YCBQ) was administered to a convenience sample of healthcare staff (n=263) in direct contact with cardiac patients. Data was also collected on the occupation of healthcare staff and years worked.

Results: Medical staff had the lowest mean score (17.5, CI 15.6–19.4), indicating fewest misconceptions, and unqualified healthcare workers had the highest mean score (32.1, CI 28.4–35.7). Analysis by ANOVA indicated differences between staff groups to be statistically significant (F=17.66, pb0.001). Length of time worked was found to be significantly associated with cardiac misconception score (Pearson's r=−0.243, pb0.001). Further analysis demonstrated that significant differences between mean group scores remained when years worked was defined as a covariate, F=15.68, pb0.001).

Conclusion: There is significant variability in cardiac misconceptions in different groups of healthcare staff. Education to correct cardiac misconceptions should be particularly targeted at unqualified healthcare staff. The importance of maintaining appropriate ratios of qualified to unqualified healthcare staff in the care of cardiac patients is supported by this study.
Keyword Cardiac misconceptions
Chronic stable angina
Staff education
Q-Index Code C1
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Additional Notes Article in Press, Corrected Proof attached to DOI. Available online 20 February 2011.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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