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'Call fast, Call 911': a direct mail campaign to reduce patient delay in acute myocardial infarction.

Authors
  • H Meischke
  • E M Dulberg
  • S S Schaeffer
  • D K Henwood
  • M P Larsen
  • M S Eisenberg
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1997
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Medicine
License
Unknown

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: A 10-month direct mail campaign was implemented to increase use of emergency medical services via 911 calls and to reduce prehospital delay for individuals experiencing acute myocardial infarction symptoms. METHODS: This prospective, randomized, controlled trial involved three intervention groups (receiving brochures with informational, emotional, or social messages) and a control group. RESULTS: Intervention effects were not observed except for individuals who had a history of acute myocardial infarction and who were discharged with a diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction; their 911 use was meaningfully higher in each intervention group than in the control group. CONCLUSIONS: The mailings affected only the individuals at greatest risk.

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