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Effectiveness of person-centred care after acute coronary syndrome in relation to educational level: Subgroup analysis of a two-armed randomised controlled trial

Journal article
Authors Andreas Fors
Hanna Gyllensten
Karl Swedberg
Inger Ekman
Published in International journal of cardiology
Volume 221
Pages 957-962
ISSN 0167-5273
Publication year 2016
Published at University of Gothenburg Centre for person-centred care (GPCC)
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Institute of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Pages 957-962
Language en
Subject categories Clinical Medicine


AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of person-centred care (PCC) after acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in relation to educational level of participants. METHOD: 199 Patients <75years with ACS were randomised to PCC plus usual care or usual care alone and followed for 6months from hospital to outpatient care and primary care. For the PCC group, patients and health care professionals co-created a PCC health plan reflecting both perspectives, which induced a continued collaboration in person-centred teams at each health care level. A composite score of changes that included general self-efficacy assessment, return to work or previous activity level, re-hospitalisation or death was used as outcome measure. RESULTS: In the group of patients without postsecondary education (n=90) the composite score showed a significant improvement in favour of the PCC intervention (n=40) vs. usual care (n=50) at six months (35.0%, n=14 vs. 16.0%, n=8; odds ratio (OR)=2.8, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.0-7.7, P=0.041). In patients with postsecondary education (n=109), a non-significant difference in favour of the PCC intervention (n=54) vs. usual care (n=55) was observed in the composite score (13.0%, n=7 vs 3.6%, n=2; OR=3.9, 95% CI: 0.8-19.9, P=0.097). CONCLUSION: A PCC approach, which stresses the necessity of a patient-health care professional partnership, is beneficial in patients with low education after an ACS event. Because these patients have been identified as a vulnerable group in cardiac rehabilitation, we suggest that PCC can be integrated into conventional cardiac rehabilitation programmes to improve both equity in uptake and health outcomes. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Swedish registry,, ID NR 65 791.

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