Health care providers' perspectives on patient delay for seeking care for symptoms of acute myocardial infarction
Meyers Primary Care Institute; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
Medical Subject Headings
Aged; *Attitude of Health Personnel; Cardiology; Emergency Service, Hospital; Female; Focus Groups; *Health Education; *Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Myocardial Infarction; Nursing; *Physician's Practice Patterns; Primary Health Care; Time Factors; United States
Health Services Research | Primary Care
To inform intervention development in a multisite randomized community trial, the Rapid Early Action for Coronary Treatment (REACT) project formative research was undertaken for the purpose of investigating the knowledge, beliefs, perceptions, and usual practice of health care professionals. A total of 24 key informant interviews of cardiologists and emergency physicians and 15 focus groups (91 participants) were conducted in five major geographic regions: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, Southwest, and Midwest. Transcript analyses revealed that clinicians are somewhat unaware of the empirical evidence related to the problem of patient delay, are concerned about the practice constraints they face, and would benefit from concrete suggestions about how to improve patient education and encourage fast action. Findings provide guidance for selection of educational strategies and messages for health providers as well as patients and the public.
Rights and Permissions
Citation: Health Educ Behav. 1999 Oct;26(5):714-33.
Zapka, Jane G.; Estabrook, Barbara; Gilliland, Janice; Leviton, Laura; Meischke, Hendrika; Melville, Sharon; Taylor, Judy; Daya, Mohamud; Laing, Brian; Meshack, Angela; Reyna, Roy; Robbins, Mark; Hand, Mary M.; and Finnegan, John R. Jr., "Health care providers' perspectives on patient delay for seeking care for symptoms of acute myocardial infarction" (1999). Meyers Primary Care Institute Publications and Presentations. 249.