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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Reducing patient delay with symptoms of acute coronary syndrome: a research protocol for a systematic review of previous interventions to investigate which behaviour change techniques are associated with effective interventions
Authors: Farquharson, Barbara
Dombrowski, Stephan U
Pollock, Alex
Johnston, Marie
Treweek, Shaun
Williams, Brian
Smith, Karen
Dougall, Nadine
Jones, Claire
Pringle, Stuart
Keywords: Quality of Care and Outcomes
Issue Date: 12-Aug-2014
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Citation: Farquharson B, Dombrowski SU, Pollock A, Johnston M, Treweek S, Williams B, Smith K, Dougall N, Jones C & Pringle S (2014) Reducing patient delay with symptoms of acute coronary syndrome: a research protocol for a systematic review of previous interventions to investigate which behaviour change techniques are associated with effective interventions, Open Heart, 1 (1), p. e000079.
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Delay to presentation with symptoms of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is common meaning many fail to achieve optimal benefit from treatments. Interventions have had variable success in reducing delay. Evidence suggests inclusion of behaviour change techniques (BCTs) may improve effectiveness of interventions but this has not yet been systematically evaluated. Data from other time-critical conditions may be relevant.METHODS AND ANALYSIS: A systematic review will be undertaken to identify which BCTs are associated with effective interventions to reduce patient delay (or prompt rapid help-seeking) among people with time-critical conditions (eg, chest pain, ACS, lumps, stroke, cancer and meningitis). A systematic search of a wide range of databases (including Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycInfo) and grey literature will be undertaken to identify all relevant intervention studies (randomised controlled trials, controlled clinical trials and cohort studies). Two independent reviewers will screen abstracts to identify relevant studies, apply inclusion criteria to full papers, assess methodological quality and extract data.PRIMARY OUTCOME MEASURE: Change in patient decision time BCTs reported in each of the included studies will be categorised and presented according to the latest reliable taxonomy. Results of included studies will be synthesised, exploring relationships between inclusion of each BCT and effectiveness of the overall intervention. Where possible, means and SDs for differences in delay time will be calculated and combined within meta-analyses to derive a standardised mean difference and 95% CI. Analysis of (1) all time-critical and (2) ACS-only interventions will be undertaken.ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: No ethical issues are anticipated. Results will be submitted for publication in a relevant peer-reviewed journal.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/21926
URL: http://openheart.bmj.com
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/openhrt-2014-000079
Rights: Published in Open Heart by BMJ Publishing Group; Open Access. Publisher statement: "This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 3.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work noncommercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/"
Affiliation: NMAHP Research
Psychology
Glasgow Caledonian University
University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen
NMAHP Research
University of Dundee
NMAHP Research
University of Dundee
NHS Tayside

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