An exploration of women's decision trajectories: seeking professional help for an AMI

Mary Mayer, Grace Lindsay, Jacqueline McCallum

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The decision to seek professional help in the circumstances of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is often delayed for too long.

To explore the lived experience of three women in the decision phase prior to seeking professional care for a first AMI and provide justification for continuance of the study.

Hermeneutic phenomenology was used to explore for meaning, using in-depth, semi-structured interviews conducted in the homes of three participants purposively recruited for the pilot study from a cardiac centre situated in the West of Scotland.

Seven patterned themes were identified from hermeneutically analysed data: level of attunement, weighing up perception of urgency, ownership of decision, expressive language, family car, traditional perception of NHS services and relinquishing control.

The pilot study exposed the complexity of the decision trajectory. Different ontological and social meanings were attached to women's decisions which require further exploration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-358
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2014


  • women
  • acute myocardial infarction
  • decision making
  • heidegger


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