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Should I stay or should I go? An exploration of the decision-making bhaviour of acute cardiac patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Burton, S, Hayes, JA, Morrell-Scott, NE, Sanders, J, Walthall, H, Wright, DJ and Jones, ID (2021) Should I stay or should I go? An exploration of the decision-making bhaviour of acute cardiac patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heart and Lung: the journal of acute and critical care, 20 (1). p. 151. ISSN 0147-9563

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Abstract

Background: During the SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic efforts to reduce virus transmission resulted in non-emergency patients being deterred from seeking help. The number of patients presenting with acute cardiac conditions reduced, significantly
Objectives: To explore the decision-making process, and influential factors in that process, of patients and their family during an acute cardiac event.
Methods: A qualitative research design was employed using purposive sampling of patients who experienced an acute cardiac event during the social containment mandates. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, with thematic analysis of interview transcripts.
Results: Twenty-five participants were recruited from three UK hospitals. Themes identified were reliance on informal support network, lack of awareness of cardiac symptoms leading to delayed help-seeking, and an indirect COVID-19 effect (e.g. avoiding treatment).
Conclusions: These results highlight the need for informed public health messages, targeting patients and their support networks, that allow those in need of treatment to access care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: decision making, public health, Covid 19, myocardial infarction, heart failure, cardiac surgery; Science & Technology; Life Sciences & Biomedicine; Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems; Nursing; Cardiovascular System & Cardiology; Nursing; 1102 Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology; 1110 Nursing
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: Elsevier
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2022 11:35
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2022 11:45
DOI or Identification number: 10.1093/eurjcn/zvab060.144
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16696

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