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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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.

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.

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).

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.

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

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