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PhD defense by Christina B. Graversen

The Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University and Aalborg University Hospital are pleased to invite to PhD defense by MD, Christina Boesgaard Graversen who will defend the thesis entitled: Barriers in secondary cardiovascular prevention Cardiac rehabilitation referral, non-adherence to medication, and adverse clinical outcomes after acute coronary syndrome in Denmark

Tidspunkt

01.11.2021 kl. 13.00 - 16.00

Beskrivelse

The PhD defense will take place

November 1st, 2021
Time: 1 pm
Auditorium A, Forskningens Hus, Aalborg Universitetshospital
and online: https://aaudk.zoom.us/j/61378839817

 

Supervisors

Professor Sam Riahi, MD, PhD,
Department of Cardiology, Aalborg University Hospital,
Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark

Professor Emeritus Mogens Lytken Larsen, MD, DMSc,
Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark

Professor Søren Paaske Johnsen, MD, PhD,
Danish Center for Clinical Health Services Research, Aalborg University, Denmark

Associate Professor Teresa Holmberg, Cand.scient.san.publ.
National Institute of Public Health, Southern University Denmark


Assessment Committee

Associate Professor Ashkan Bavnbaek Efterkhari, MD, PhD, (chair)
Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark

Professor Rodney Stephen Taylor,
Institute of Health & Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

Professor Thomas Maribo,
Department of Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

 

About the PhD thesis

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Accordingly, the purposes of secondary cardiovascular prevention are to reduce risk of these adverse clinical outcomes and to improve patients’ daily living with a chronic heart disease. However, inequality and different barriers in secondary cardiovascular prevention have repeatedly been reported.

This dissertation sought to evaluate the existence of barriers in secondary prevention following ACS. A multifaced approach was applied using different data to evaluate the presence of barriers related to referral to cardiac rehabilitation (CR), adherence to medication, and risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE).

The individual aims of the three papers were: to assess the influence of socioeconomic status on the referral process to CR (Paper I); to evaluate how patients’ perception of pharmacological treatment was associated with subsequent non-adherence to medication (Paper II), and to investigate the mediating role of non-persistence to medication on the association between socioeconomic factors and MACE (Paper III).

In conclusion, the findings of this dissertation call for increased awareness of the role of patients’ socioeconomic factors and perception about pharmacological treatment as barriers to secondary cardiovascular prevention and improved clinical outcomes following ACS.

Arrangør

Department of Clinical Medicine, Aalborg University and Aalborg University Hospital

Adresse

Forskningens Hus, Sdr. Skovvej 15, 9000 Aalborg, Auditorium A

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