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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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Respondents’ estimation of mortality (mean) of the listed conditions. Only those who have heard of each condition estimated the mortality. Abbreviations: AMI, acute myocardial infarction; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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OFV161F2: Respondents’ estimation of mortality (mean) of the listed conditions. Only those who have heard of each condition estimated the mortality. Abbreviations: AMI, acute myocardial infarction; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mentions: The estimated disease mortality, among those who claimed to have heard of a certain disease, was on average 49% for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), 43% for leukemia, 40% for AMI, 30% for sepsis, and 22% for blood poisoning (Figure 2).Figure 2.


Public Awareness of Sepsis Is Low in Sweden.

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

Respondents’ estimation of mortality (mean) of the listed conditions. Only those who have heard of each condition estimated the mortality. Abbreviations: AMI, acute myocardial infarction; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
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OFV161F2: Respondents’ estimation of mortality (mean) of the listed conditions. Only those who have heard of each condition estimated the mortality. Abbreviations: AMI, acute myocardial infarction; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Mentions: The estimated disease mortality, among those who claimed to have heard of a certain disease, was on average 49% for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), 43% for leukemia, 40% for AMI, 30% for sepsis, and 22% for blood poisoning (Figure 2).Figure 2.

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