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- Iva Golemi,
- Juan Salazar,
- Luis Dias Quinteros,
- Luis Paz,
- Harry Fuentes,
- Natalie Schmitt and
- Alfonso Tafur
Venous thromboembolism (VTE), including pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), is a serious complication resulting in 200,000 reported cases annually in the United States. There is low overall global VTE awareness; this includes limited data regarding difficulties that patients encounter during their management. This study aims to identify a patient perspective on VTE gaps of care.
Qualitative study using semi structured interviews with 9 patients who were diagnosed and treated for at least one VTE event in their lifetime. Participants were separated in three focused groups; sample size was defined by data saturation. Interviews were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed thematically using framework analysis based on data saturation evaluation. The study was approved by the Cook County IRB. We used inductive framework analysis to interpret the data.
All participants (45% men and 55% women) had experienced VTE. Three major themes were identified: (1) Frustration with initial care; (2) Perceived lack of healthcare awareness; (3) Lack of communication during transitional or follow up care.
Findings suggest that gaps of VTE care extend in different levels of the medical system including the patient, physicians, and medical teams. Patients were sensitive to a lack of disease awareness even among physicians. There was appreciation for subspecialty care recommended for VTE.
Poster Hall, Hall A/B
Monday, March 12, 2018, 9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Session Title: We're So Vein! Emerging Concepts in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism
Abstract Category: 41. Vascular Medicine: Venous Disease
Presentation Number: 1300-386
- 2018 American College of Cardiology Foundation