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Public Awareness of Sepsis Is Low in Sweden.

Mellhammar L, Christensson B, Linder A - Open Forum Infect Dis (2015)

Bottom Line: Results.  A total of 1001 people responded to the survey.The respondents who had heard of each disease estimated its mortality.An increased general awareness might also raise interest for funding for research in this area and for its priority in healthcare support.

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Affiliation: Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Infection Medicine , Klinikgatan 1, Skåne University Hospital , Lund , Sweden.

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Background.  Sepsis is a serious and common condition with high mortality and morbidity. The public awareness, knowledge, and perception of sepsis in Sweden are unknown. Methods.  A survey was performed using an online interview distributed to adults, aged 18-74, between March 6 and 9, 2015. Results.  A total of 1001 people responded to the survey. Twenty-one percent of participants had heard of sepsis, whereas more than 86% had heard of each of the other conditions listed; for example, stroke (95%), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (95%), and leukemia (92%). Of those who had heard of sepsis, 93% responded that it is an infection or blood poisoning in an open question. The respondents who had heard of each disease estimated its mortality. For sepsis, the mortality was estimated at an average of 30%, which was at the same level as estimated mortalities for prostate and breast cancer but lower than for stroke, COPD, and leukemia. Conclusions.  The awareness and knowledge of sepsis is low. The mortality for sepsis is not as overestimated as for many other diseases. The lack of awareness of sepsis might be a target to improve the outcome for sepsis patients by reducing the prehospital delay and hence enable early interventions. An increased general awareness might also raise interest for funding for research in this area and for its priority in healthcare support.

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A bar chart of the percentage of respondents who have heard of the listed conditions (n = 1001). Abbreviations: AMI, acute myocardial infarction; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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OFV161F1: A bar chart of the percentage of respondents who have heard of the listed conditions (n = 1001). Abbreviations: AMI, acute myocardial infarction; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mentions: Two of 10 Swedish adults have heard of sepsis (214 of 1001), but 9 of 10 have heard of the other diseases listed (Figure 1). Women were significantly more likely to have heard the term sepsis than men, 29% vs 14%, respectively (P < .001). There were no differences between the age groups in having heard of sepsis.Figure 1.


Public Awareness of Sepsis Is Low in Sweden.

Mellhammar L, Christensson B, Linder A - Open Forum Infect Dis (2015)

A bar chart of the percentage of respondents who have heard of the listed conditions (n = 1001). Abbreviations: AMI, acute myocardial infarction; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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OFV161F1: A bar chart of the percentage of respondents who have heard of the listed conditions (n = 1001). Abbreviations: AMI, acute myocardial infarction; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mentions: Two of 10 Swedish adults have heard of sepsis (214 of 1001), but 9 of 10 have heard of the other diseases listed (Figure 1). Women were significantly more likely to have heard the term sepsis than men, 29% vs 14%, respectively (P < .001). There were no differences between the age groups in having heard of sepsis.Figure 1.

Bottom Line: Results.  A total of 1001 people responded to the survey.The respondents who had heard of each disease estimated its mortality.An increased general awareness might also raise interest for funding for research in this area and for its priority in healthcare support.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Clinical Sciences, Division of Infection Medicine , Klinikgatan 1, Skåne University Hospital , Lund , Sweden.

ABSTRACT
Background.  Sepsis is a serious and common condition with high mortality and morbidity. The public awareness, knowledge, and perception of sepsis in Sweden are unknown. Methods.  A survey was performed using an online interview distributed to adults, aged 18-74, between March 6 and 9, 2015. Results.  A total of 1001 people responded to the survey. Twenty-one percent of participants had heard of sepsis, whereas more than 86% had heard of each of the other conditions listed; for example, stroke (95%), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (95%), and leukemia (92%). Of those who had heard of sepsis, 93% responded that it is an infection or blood poisoning in an open question. The respondents who had heard of each disease estimated its mortality. For sepsis, the mortality was estimated at an average of 30%, which was at the same level as estimated mortalities for prostate and breast cancer but lower than for stroke, COPD, and leukemia. Conclusions.  The awareness and knowledge of sepsis is low. The mortality for sepsis is not as overestimated as for many other diseases. The lack of awareness of sepsis might be a target to improve the outcome for sepsis patients by reducing the prehospital delay and hence enable early interventions. An increased general awareness might also raise interest for funding for research in this area and for its priority in healthcare support.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus