Perception of Patients about Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and Effect of Communication by Physician and the Assisting Registered Nurse to Enhance Assessment of Risk and Bridge a Gap of Accurate Perception of their Risk of CVD

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJNR.2015.03.02.Art016

Authors : Anette Marina Rodrigues


This paper validates the level of perception of patients about Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and effect of communication by Physician and the assisting Registered Nurse to enhance risk assessment and bridge a gap of accurate perception of their risk of CVD.

Design and Procedure-A Non-experimental Descriptive study of patients visit to Out Patient Department for Physician Consultation. Non- Random selection of patients with complaints of chest pain visit from October 2016 to March 2017 over a period of 6 months. Assessment of Vital Parameters of 60 patients, Male-57 and Female 3, within age group of 30 to 40 years and ECG graphs readings were done for all. Information is collected from Health Information System Portal.

Result- Communication and providing positive thought on seriousness, to prevent CVD over the future years, among 60 patients with complaints of chest pain was a challenging aspect. (n=15) were newly diagnosed with Hypertension, (n=10) were follow up patients with Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus), and (n=25) were referred to Cardiologist with appointment fixed for further management and (n=10) ECG was normal significant of gastric pain.

The Physician did initial assessment and significant symptoms on history of illness on all 60 patients. (n=44) were advised on appropriate diet and reduction of weight by balanced diet and exercise. (n=30) were advised on follow up among them (n=25) had visited the physician as follow-up. (n=10) Obese were referred to dietician with appointment fixed, and assisting nurse gave advice to (n=50).

Conclusion-Patient’s perception on CVD suggests (n=50) were ignorant about risk of CVD and (n=10) had known about risk of CVD. The trustful patient relation and communication by the treating Physician and health education by Registered Nurse has direct and positive effect on outcome of the research. Patients were enthusiastic to gain more knowledge on Modifiable risk factors. The attitude and behavior of patients were significant and positive with revisit and follow up visits.

Keywords: Perception, Cardiovascular Disease, Communication, Health Information System, Health education, follow up visit.


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