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Eval Health Prof. 2004 Mar;27(1):3-21.

Evaluation of a public education program delivered by firefighters on early recognition of a heart attack.

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  • 1University of Washington, USA.


The Heart Attack Survival Kit (HASK) project is a prospective, randomized trial, testing the effectiveness of an intervention delivered door-to-door by firefighters to increase use of 911 and ingestion of aspirin for symptoms of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) among seniors in King County, Washington. Firefighters visited 24,582 seniors in King County, Washington and delivered a Heart Attack Survival Kit. Another 24,191 senior households served as the control group. Outcomes of the program were measured by tracking 911 calls as well as survey data. This study reports on the results of the telephone survey with a random sample of seniors (N = 323) to assess their knowledge of and intentions to act during a heart emergency. Results of a logistic regression analysis showed that being female, being younger, and remembering the kit was significantly related to intentions to act appropriately to AMI symptoms. The results are discussed in terms of public education around AMI.

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