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    ABSTRACT: Patients' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs toward acute coronary syndrome are important predictors of delay in seeking medical attention. Currently, there is no instrument in China to measure these factors. Without such an instrument, there is limited understanding of the knowledge, attitudes and beliefs of Chinese patients. The Acute Coronary Syndrome Response Index is a validated instrument to measure patients' knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about the symptoms and responses to acute coronary syndrome. The study aims to translate and validate a Chinese version of the Acute Coronary Syndrome Response Index and to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs of individuals in mainland China with a history of coronary heart disease. Cross-sectional study. Two tertiary teaching general hospitals and community in Shandong province, Eastern China. Individuals with a history of coronary heart disease. The Acute Coronary Syndrome Response Index was professionally translated and piloting was undertaken to ensure equivalence of meaning and cultural appropriateness. Two means were used for participant recruitment: (1) direct approach in hospital and (2) advertisement in a popular health magazine in Shandong province. Principal component analysis was performed to examine the construct validity, and internal consistency was assessed using Cronbach's alpha values. 224 participants with coronary heart disease were recruited, including 158 in-patients and 66 individuals living in the community. Participants' mean age was 64.3±13.8 years. The majority of participants (61.7%) were male. Cronbach's coefficient for total scores of the Chinese version of Acute Coronary Syndrome Response Index was 0.81, 0.79 for knowledge, 0.87 for attitudes, and 0.71 for the beliefs scale. Pearson's method of bivariate correlation test demonstrated convergent validity. The Chinese version of Acute Coronary Syndrome Response Index can be considered as a reliable and valid instrument. Further testing of the instrument which is needed to assess the acceptability and to ensure the utility of the instrument is warranted.
    International journal of nursing studies 05/2012; 49(10):1277-90. · 1.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The International Council on Women's Health Issues (ICOWHI) is an international nonprofit association dedicated to the goal of promoting health, health care, and well-being of women and girls throughout the world through participation, empowerment, advocacy, education, and research. We are a multidisciplinary network of women's health providers, planners, and advocates from all over the globe. We constitute an international professional and lay network of those committed to improving women and girl's health and quality of life. This document provides a description of our organization mission, vision, and commitment to improving the health and well-being of women and girls globally.
    Health Care For Women International 10/2011; 32(10):870-86. · 0.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The study aims were to (a) describe the experiences of Chinese Australians with heart disease following discharge from hospital for an acute cardiac event; (b) identify patterns and cultural differences of Chinese Australians following discharge from hospital; and (c) illustrate the illness/health seeking behaviors and health beliefs of Chinese Australians. Qualitative study. Interview data were obtained from the following sources: (a) focus groups of Chinese community participants without heart disease; (b) interviews with patients recently discharged from hospital following an admission for an acute cardiac event; and (c) interviews with Chinese-born health professionals working in Australia. Qualitative thematic analysis was undertaken. Study themes generated from the data were: (1) linking traditional values and beliefs with Western medicine; (2) reverence for health professionals and family; and (3) juxtaposing traditional beliefs and self-management. Considering the influence of cultural values in developing health care plans and clinical decision making is important.
    International journal of nursing studies 04/2011; 48(11):1367-75. · 1.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This paper reviews the role of cardiac nursing in China and the potential of this professional group to take an important role in secondary and tertiary prevention initiatives. China is undergoing unprecedented economic growth, yet globalisation of Chinese society has caused an increase in the prevalence of chronic conditions, particularly cardiovascular disease. Studies recognise that health providers and members of the public are not fully aware of the risks associated with cardiovascular disease and consequently are not equipped to deal with this looming epidemic. Position paper. This position paper summarises and discusses the burden of cardiovascular disease in China within the context of evidence for nurse-coordinated interventions. Barriers and facilitators to developing the nursing role in contemporary China are discussed. A key strategy for promoting the role of nurse-led programmes in China is increasing research skills among Chinese nurses to promote independent, collaborative interdisciplinary research. Promoting doctoral education in China, increasing the status of nursing in interdisciplinary teams, collaborating with cardiovascular nurses internationally and increasing the public's awareness of cardiovascular disease are critical steps in promoting nurse-led programmes to improve the health and well-being of the community. Given the positive relationship between knowledge and skill levels of nurses and clinical outcomes, China's investment in the education and training of its nursing workforce is critical in improving practice and outcomes in cardiovascular disease.
    Journal of Clinical Nursing 02/2009; 18(5):687-93. · 1.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: China is in a state of rapid economic growth and epidemiological transition. Morbidity and mortality relating to heart disease in women have increased dramatically. The aim of this study was to obtain the views of nurses regarding heart health issues for women in contemporary China. : This study used focus group interviews. Convenience sampling was used to recruit nurses working in acute care hospitals in metropolitan China. Five focus groups containing 28 female participants were conducted. Focus groups were moderated by 2 bilingual Chinese nurses, audiotaped, and analyzed using thematic analysis. Four themes emerged from the focus group data: (1) mixed perceptions of disease burden in women, (2) modern life impacts upon women's health, (3) need for focus on prevention and coordination, and (4) education and support are keys to driving healthcare improvements. Heart disease, as a significant health issue for women in China, is underappreciated among Chinese nurses.
    The Journal of cardiovascular nursing 01/2009; 24(6):E23-9. · 1.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Globally, cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death among women. In China, the burden of CVD is increasing at an alarming rate; yet, it is underestimated and has important primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention issues. This article seeks to document the issues surrounding the increased rate of CVD among Chinese women and describe the etiological factors and potential strategies to decrease the burden of disease. The Medline, Current Information in Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Ovid, Science Direct, and Government Reports were searched using the key words heart disease, cardiovascular, ischemic heart disease, coronary, women, and Chin (China, Chinese). Articles were selected if they described epidemiological factors and/or interventions to address heart disease in Chinese women. Rapid industrialization and urbanization in China have extended the life expectancy of the population, particularly among women. Social, political, and economic factors have caused lifestyle changes that have a direct bearing on health. Heart disease has become the most common cause of death among Chinese women and the second most common cause among men. Paradoxically, prevention and management strategies are sparse in relation to the high prevalence. A number of modifiable risk factors have been identified as major contributors of CVD and should be a focus of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Cardiovascular disease is already a leading cause of death and disability among Chinese women. The high prevalence of risk factors and low rate of awareness, treatment, and control signal an urgent need for focusing on this issue in Chinese women. Strategies on individual, community, and government levels are recommended. Involving Chinese nurses in these strategies is essential.
    The Journal of cardiovascular nursing 01/2008; 23(5):386-94; quiz 395-6. · 1.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Despite the effectiveness of timely reperfusion therapy for acute coronary syndrome, prehospital delay remains a global concern. This article assesses the state-of-the-science regarding prehospital delay for acute coronary syndrome in China. Electronic databases and hand searching were undertaken using key words such as prehospital delay, care-seeking delay, coronary heart disease, heart disease, acute coronary syndrome, unstable angina pain, acute myocardial infarction, cardiovascular disease, chest pain, and Chin (China/Chinese). The Chinese search was supervised by a Chinese health librarian. Based on the search criteria, 28 studies were identified and reviewed using a standardized data extraction tool. Older age, attribution of symptoms to noncardiac causes, lack of health insurance coverage, poor access to transportation, and female sex were identified as contributing to prehospital delay. Health system reforms in China are necessary, particularly with regard to addressing the needs of older people, women, and other vulnerable populations in the context of the rising number of people with coronary heart disease. Developing targeted strategies, learned from both national and international experience, are required to develop targeted interventions.
    The Journal of cardiovascular nursing 25(6):487-96. · 1.47 Impact Factor