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Title: Knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of patients with ACS on early seeking for treatment in Cyprus
Authors: Frantzeskou, E. 
Lambrinou, Ekaterini 
Fassia, M. 
Panagiotou, G. 
Paikousis, L. 
Middleton, Nicos 
Keywords: Acute Coronary Syndrome;ACS;Patients
Category: Clinical Medicine
Field: Medical and Health Sciences
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: SAGE
Source: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, Volume 15, Pages S41-S41, 2016
Abstract: Introduction: The knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of patients to the acute coronary syndrome (ACS), are important predictors of delay in seeking treatment.Aim: The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of patients with ACS on early seeking for treatment.Methods: it is a descriptive study. The sample of the study was 260 patients with ACS, admitted into the cardiology department of two General Hospitals of the country. For the selection of the group of patients randomly convenience sample was used. The Greek version of acute coronary syndrome response index (Gr-ACSRI) (Fassia 2015) was used for the collection data.Results: High levels of knowledge of patients for the identification of symptoms of ACS was found to be 66 % .A percentage of 98.8 % of patients had high awareness of symptoms such as “chest pain”, and 96.9 % as “heaviness/burning”. Less than 50 % of the sample correctly recognized the symptom of “sore jaw” and “neck pain”.Only family history appears to increase the attitudes levels(Cohen’s d⩾0,2, p = 0.0001). Higher level of education is associated with higher scores of attitudes towards the ACS (Cohen’s d⩾0,2, p <0.05). Previous history is associated with higher scores of attitudes (Cohen’s d⩾0,2, p =0.001). History affects the relationship knowledge - beliefs (Cohen’s d⩾0,2, p = 0.035).Conclusions: The knowledge levels of the patients were found to be low. The highest levels of knowledge have been associated with better attitudes and beliefs. Educational seminars and programmes for informing patients for signs and symptoms of ACS should be applied.Reference: Fassia M. (2015) The psychometric properties of the Greek version of the acute coronary syndrome response index (Gr-ACSRI). Unpublished MSc Thesis.
ISSN: 10.1177/1474515116634263
DOI: 10.1177/1474515116634263
Rights: © The European Society of Cardiology
Type: Article
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