Title

Patients' attitudes and perceptions of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators: potential barriers to appropriate primary prophylaxis

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Date

10-2012

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Death, Sudden, Cardiac; Decision Making; Defibrillators, Implantable; Female; *Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; Physician-Patient Relations; Primary Prevention; Risk

Disciplines

Cardiology

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Primary prophylaxis with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) improves mortality in patients at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). However, ICDs are highly underutilized. We explored patients' attitudes and perceptions of ICDs to better understand potential patient-related barriers to appropriate utilization. METHODS: Records of patients visiting three outpatient cardiology clinics (June 2009-January 2010) were reviewed and 133 with ejection fractions

Rights and Permissions

Citation: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.2012.03497.x. Epub 2012 Aug 16. Link to article on publisher's site

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Keywords

implantable cardioverter defibrillator, primary prevention, patient preferences

PubMed ID

22897624