Gender disparities: assessment and treatment of coronary heart disease

Hamil, S and Ingram, Nigel (2015) Gender disparities: assessment and treatment of coronary heart disease. British journal of cardiac nursing, 10 (10). pp. 494-502. ISSN 1749-6403

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Abstract

Aim:
The aim of this study was to evaluate and summarise the current evidence base in relation to the gender-specific presentation and assessment of coronary heart disease.

Background:
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women worldwide. There remains a common misconception that CHD is predominantly a ‘man's disease’ and that CHD doesn't affect women until they are much older. Much of the evidence base is underpinned by male-based population studies.

Design:
A systematic review of current qualitative and quantitative primary research literature was used to establish if coronary heart disease patients would benefit from a gender-specific approach. Data Sources: Cochrane library (1898–2014), PubMed (1996–2014), MEDLINE (1946–2014), AMED (1985–2014), Embase (1974–2014), CINAHL (1937–2014), British Nursing Index (1994 – 2014), PsycINFO (1800–2014).

Results:
Selected studies were reviewed in English and critiqued in accordance with the critical review framework used by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Conclusion:
There are clear differences between the genders in relation to coronary heart disease. It is imperative that nursing practice acknowledges this through the greater application of gender-specific care.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: coronary heart disease, gender bias, gender specific care, health behaviour, cardiac nursing practice
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2018 09:23
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2018 10:21
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/544

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