Failure of current public educational campaigns to impact on the initial response of patients with possible heart attack

Bett, J. H. N., Tonkin, A. M., Thompson, P. L. and Aroney, C. N. (2005) Failure of current public educational campaigns to impact on the initial response of patients with possible heart attack. Internal Medicine Journal, 35 5: 279-282. doi:10.1111/j.1445-5994.2004.00798.x


Author Bett, J. H. N.
Tonkin, A. M.
Thompson, P. L.
Aroney, C. N.
Title Failure of current public educational campaigns to impact on the initial response of patients with possible heart attack
Journal name Internal Medicine Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1444-0903
1445-5994
Publication date 2005-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2004.00798.x
Volume 35
Issue 5
Start page 279
End page 282
Total pages 4
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
Formatted abstract
Aims:
The National Heart Foundation of Australia recognizes that the risk of lethal arrhythmias is greater very early after the onset of myocardial infarction and that the more promptly flow can be restored in the infarct-related artery the greater will be the benefits for survival and preservation of heart function. The Heart Foundation has therefore conducted several public media campaigns to encourage patients to seek help more promptly and evaluated their impact.

Methods:
Since 1996, we have conducted four surveys of delays preceding admission of patients to coronary care units throughout Australia to assess the impact of the Heart Foundation's media campaigns. Data were collected on 1665 patients who presented to 73 hospitals; information on patient delay was available for 1178 of them.

Results:
There were no significant differences in patient delay (median 1.5–2.0 h) in the four surveys from 1996 to 2002, nor when patients were categorized by age, sex, presenting diagnosis or history of previous myocardial infarction or coronary revascularization by percutaneous or surgical techniques.

Conclusion:
New approaches are needed to reduce patient-related delay after the onset of symptoms suggesting possible myocardial infarction. (Intern Med J 2005; 35: 279–282)
Keyword Myocardial Infarction
Health Education
Delay
Mass Media
Medicine, General & Internal
Acute Myocardial-infarction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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