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International comparison of awareness and attitudes towards coronary risk factor reduction: the HELP study. Heart European Leaders Panel


Shepherd, James; Alcalde, Victor; Béfort, Paul-André; Boucher, Brigitte; Erdmann, Erland; Gutzwiller, Felix; van Hemert, Theo J E; Jordan-Ghizzo, Isabelle; Menotti, Alessandro; Schioldborg, Per; Thompson, David R; Turner, Michael; Umlauf, Bernd (1997). International comparison of awareness and attitudes towards coronary risk factor reduction: the HELP study. Heart European Leaders Panel. Journal of Cardiovascular Risk, 4(5-6):373-84.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: An international survey was conducted to assess public awareness and attitudes to coronary heart disease and to establish the frequency with which certain health-related behaviours are practised in five European countries.
METHODS: Members of the general public (n=5013), individuals at increased risk of coronary disease (n=2500), patients who had suffered a myocardial infarction (n=1256) and members of their families (n=1249) were interviewed in a study conducted in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK. Questions were asked about respondents' attitudes to their health and about their current health practices.
RESULTS: The survey revealed a considerable degree of indifference to coronary heart disease, despite the possession of a reasonable level of knowledge of the risks involved, even among patients who had suffered a myocardial infarction. At the same time, respondents declared themselves satisfied with the quality of advice about coronary health that they obtained from the medical profession and regarded these sources of information as highly credible. Media health campaigns, by contrast, had comparatively little impact.
CONCLUSION: A survey of five European countries shows that individuals possess reasonable levels of knowledge about coronary heart disease. They also have access to sources of heart health information that are perceived as highly credible. Nonetheless, such information has a very limited impact on their practice of health-related behaviours.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: An international survey was conducted to assess public awareness and attitudes to coronary heart disease and to establish the frequency with which certain health-related behaviours are practised in five European countries.
METHODS: Members of the general public (n=5013), individuals at increased risk of coronary disease (n=2500), patients who had suffered a myocardial infarction (n=1256) and members of their families (n=1249) were interviewed in a study conducted in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the UK. Questions were asked about respondents' attitudes to their health and about their current health practices.
RESULTS: The survey revealed a considerable degree of indifference to coronary heart disease, despite the possession of a reasonable level of knowledge of the risks involved, even among patients who had suffered a myocardial infarction. At the same time, respondents declared themselves satisfied with the quality of advice about coronary health that they obtained from the medical profession and regarded these sources of information as highly credible. Media health campaigns, by contrast, had comparatively little impact.
CONCLUSION: A survey of five European countries shows that individuals possess reasonable levels of knowledge about coronary heart disease. They also have access to sources of heart health information that are perceived as highly credible. Nonetheless, such information has a very limited impact on their practice of health-related behaviours.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:December 1997
Deposited On:03 Jun 2014 13:58
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:54
Publisher:Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
ISSN:1350-6277
PubMed ID:9865670

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