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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160123
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Focus on Cardiac Disease in African American Women
Abstract:
Focus on Cardiac Disease in African American Women
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2005
Author:Miller, Christine, PhD, MSN, BSN
P.I. Institution Name:Cardinal Stritch University
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, 6801 North Yates Road, Milwaukee, WI, 53217, USA
Contact Telephone:414-410-4395
Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death and disability among
African American (AA) women in the U.S. The incidence and prevalence of
cardiac risk factors in AA women including hypertension and diabetes are
disproportionate compared to the rest of the population. There is little
information on the occurrence of signs and symptoms warning of cardiac
disease in this group. The purpose of this study was to explore the
perceptions of AA women regarding their experience of symptoms and
knowledge of risk factors for cardiac disease. This descriptive study used
focus groups to capture insights and knowledge. Seven group sessions were
conducted and 31 AA women participated. Focus group discussion related to
perceptions of risk, knowledge of cardiac risk factors and experience with
signs and symptoms. Audio tapes of group discussions were transcribed
verbatim. The participants were from low income housing in an urban
community and ranged in age from 29-73 years. Screening prior to focus
groups revealed that women experienced a range of cardiac type symptoms
e.g. indigestion, shortness of breath, chest pain, heart palpitations and
ankle swelling and all had at least two cardiac risk factors. Analysis was
done with Ethnograph (v5.08). Data reveals that AA women sampled are
concerned regarding their cardiac risk, and have some knowledge of risk
reduction. Misinformation and fear of the healthcare system contribute to
poor self care. Women were often discouraged from reporting or pursuing
health problems by health care system constraints. Lack of easy access to
healthcare and inadequate information from providers place these women at
increased risk for cardiac disease. The findings of this study can be used
to facilitate improved understanding of underserved women at risk and to
inform nurses regarding the needs of this population.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleFocus on Cardiac Disease in African American Womenen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160123-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Focus on Cardiac Disease in African American Women</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Miller, Christine, PhD, MSN, BSN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Cardinal Stritch University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, 6801 North Yates Road, Milwaukee, WI, 53217, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">414-410-4395</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">millercl@stritch.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death and disability among <br/> African American (AA) women in the U.S. The incidence and prevalence of <br/> cardiac risk factors in AA women including hypertension and diabetes are <br/> disproportionate compared to the rest of the population. There is little <br/> information on the occurrence of signs and symptoms warning of cardiac <br/> disease in this group. The purpose of this study was to explore the <br/> perceptions of AA women regarding their experience of symptoms and <br/> knowledge of risk factors for cardiac disease. This descriptive study used <br/> focus groups to capture insights and knowledge. Seven group sessions were <br/> conducted and 31 AA women participated. Focus group discussion related to <br/> perceptions of risk, knowledge of cardiac risk factors and experience with <br/> signs and symptoms. Audio tapes of group discussions were transcribed <br/> verbatim. The participants were from low income housing in an urban <br/> community and ranged in age from 29-73 years. Screening prior to focus <br/> groups revealed that women experienced a range of cardiac type symptoms <br/> e.g. indigestion, shortness of breath, chest pain, heart palpitations and <br/> ankle swelling and all had at least two cardiac risk factors. Analysis was <br/> done with Ethnograph (v5.08). Data reveals that AA women sampled are <br/> concerned regarding their cardiac risk, and have some knowledge of risk <br/> reduction. Misinformation and fear of the healthcare system contribute to <br/> poor self care. Women were often discouraged from reporting or pursuing <br/> health problems by health care system constraints. Lack of easy access to <br/> healthcare and inadequate information from providers place these women at <br/> increased risk for cardiac disease. The findings of this study can be used <br/> to facilitate improved understanding of underserved women at risk and to <br/> inform nurses regarding the needs of this population.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:38:51Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:38:51Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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