In this paper, a theoretical and applied understanding is brought to the study of acute myocardial infarction [AMI] care‐seeking behavior. The time between the onset of an AMI and the initiation of definitive medical care is presently the single most important factor impeding reduced mortality and improved morbidity from thrombolytic therapy. It is suggested that the acknowledged, yet relatively neglected, area of emotional response is a key element in understanding why individuals may delay seeking definitive health care services following the onset of AMI symptoms. Emotionally significant dimensions of the care‐seeking process and a model for intervention to reduce morbidity and mortality are presented.
Alonzo, A. and Reynolds, N. (1996), "EMOTIONS AND CARE‐SEEKING DURING ACUTE MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION: A MODEL FOR INTERVENTION", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. 16 No. 9/10, pp. 97-122. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb013271Download as .RIS
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