Australian patients' delay in response to heart attack symptoms.

  title={Australian patients' delay in response to heart attack symptoms.},
  author={Kathleen A Dracup and Sharon McKinley and Debra Kay Moser},
  journal={The Medical journal of Australia},
  volume={166 5},
OBJECTIVES To examine delay in seeking treatment among patients with an evolving acute myocardial infarction (MI), and to identify factors which contributed to this delay. DESIGN Patient interview combined with medical record review. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING 317 patients with confirmed diagnosis of acute MI interviewed within 72 hours of admission to three hospitals. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES Delay from onset of symptoms to arrival at hospital, and cognitive, emotional, sociodemographic and… CONTINUE READING