Hospitalization Timeliness of Patients with Myocardial Infarction

Verulava, Tengiz and Maglakelidze, Tamar and Jorbenadze, Revaz (2017) Hospitalization Timeliness of Patients with Myocardial Infarction. Eastern Journal of Medicine, 22 (3). pp. 103-109. ISSN 1339-3886

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Introduction: Timely self-help measures and management of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) improve the disease outcomes. AMI is most beneficial if applied within two hours from the onset of symptoms. However, many patients with AMI do not benefit because of seeking medical care late. The aim of research was to study to study timeliness of pre-hospital phase of treatment and investigate the causes of postponement in seeking treatment among patients with AMI. Method: Within the framework of the quantitative research, the beneficiaries were interviewed with a structured questionnaire. Results: The majority of patients did not have necessary pre-hospital self-help measures, and called to the doctor when it was already late. Only 51% of patients appeal to self-help measures and 28% arrived at hospital within 2 hours after the onset of symptoms. 65% of the patients misunderstand the nature of pain. 28% of patients had pain resistance behavior. Disscusion: There is low awareness among the patients about the main symptoms of the disease and importance of call for an emergency in timely manner. Consequently, only a small part has been hospitalized in the first hours. Low development of the primary health care system in Georgia has negative impact on the quality of medical surveillance of the patient. It is recommended to improve institute of the family physician on the country scale, which will help to conduct continuous surveillance of the population, to increase patient awareness regarding basic symptoms of the disease.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Myocardial infarction, hospitalization timeliness, family physician
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HL Healthcare Policy and Management
H Social Sciences > HO Public Health
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: Centres > Insurance and Public Health Center
Depositing User: Professor Tengiz Verulava
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 10:07
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 10:07

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