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Pre-hospital care-seeking in patients with acute myocardial infarction and subsequent quality of care in Beijing.
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PMID:  20368083     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Cumulative evidence demonstrates that primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is a reperfusion strategy for ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). This study was undertaken to evaluate the pre-hospital care-seeking pathway and subsequent care quality in patients with STEMI in the Beijing health care system, which offers patients a choice between seeking care in a small community hospital (SH group) or a large hospital (LH group). METHODS: Between January 1 and December 31, 2006, a cross-sectional and multicenter survey was conducted in 11 hospitals qualified as tertiary centers in Beijing and included consecutive patients with STEMI admitted within 24 hours after onset of symptoms. RESULTS: Among the 566 patients interviewed, 28.3% first arrived at a small community hospital and were transferred to large hospitals with the ability to perform primary PCI. The median total pre-hospital delay in the SH group (n = 160) was significantly longer than in the LH group (n = 406) (225 vs. 120 minutes, P < 0.001). Multivariate analysis showed that interpreting symptoms to non-cardiac origin (OR, 1.996; 95%CI: 1.264 - 3.155), absence of history of myocardial infarction (OR, 1.595; 95%CI: 1.086 - 3.347), non-health insurance coverage (OR, 1.931; 95%CI: 1.079 - 3.012) and absence of sense of impending doom (OR, 4.367; 95%CI: 1.279 - 14.925) were independent predictors for choosing small hospitals. After adjusting for demographics and medical history, patients in the SH group were 1.698 times (95%CI: 1.182 - 3.661) less likely to receive primary PCI compared with those in the LH group. CONCLUSIONS: Above one fourth of the STEMI patients in Beijing experienced inter-hospital transfer. Factors including symptoms interpretation, symptoms, history of myocardial infarction, and insurance coverage were associated with the patients' pre-hospital care-seeking pathway. The patients who were transferred had longer pre-hospital delays and were less likely to receive primary PCI.
Li Song; Hong-bing Yan; Da-yi Hu; Jin-gang Yang; Yi-hong Sun
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chinese medical journal     Volume:  123     ISSN:  0366-6999     ISO Abbreviation:  Chin. Med. J.     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-06     Completed Date:  2010-06-29     Revised Date:  2010-09-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513795     Medline TA:  Chin Med J (Engl)     Country:  China    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  664-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
The 28th Division, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100029, China.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Angioplasty, Transluminal, Percutaneous Coronary*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Middle Aged
Multivariate Analysis
Myocardial Infarction / therapy*
Patient Acceptance of Health Care
Quality of Health Care*
Thrombolytic Therapy

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