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Fam Pract. 2001 Oct;18(5):537-9.

Impact of community-based education on health care evaluation in patients with acute chest pain syndromes: the Wabasha Heart Attack Team (WHAT) project.

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Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and the Mayo Physician Alliance for Clinical Trials (MPACT) Coordinating Center, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation, Rochester, MN 55902, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Community education programmes focused on raising public awareness of the symptomatology of acute coronary syndromes have had mixed results.

OBJECTIVES:

The Wabasha Heart Attack Team project, a unique multidisciplinary public education effort in Minnesota, sought to educate area citizens about signs and symptoms of acute myocardial infarction (MI).

METHODS:

After an intensive 1-month education period, we compared presentations for emergency evaluation of chest pain during the study period with baseline data from the same seasonal period of the preceding year.

RESULTS:

Visits to the Emergency Room for symptomatic heart disease increased significantly during the study period (56 patients versus 46 patients during the baseline period), as did the percentage of patients presenting with acute MI (18% versus 12%, P < 0.05). Use of emergency medical services for pre-hospital evaluation was significantly increased (41% versus 27%, P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION:

A community education campaign can significantly increase use of pre-hospital emergency medical service resources and may increase the number of patients presenting with acute chest pain symptoms, including MI.

PMID:
11604379
DOI:
10.1093/fampra/18.5.537
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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