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Volume 111, Nº 2, August 2018


DOI: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.5935/abc.20180143


Satisfaction of Emergency Physicians with the Care Provided to Patients with Cardiovascular Diseases in the Northern Region of Minas Gerais

Milena Soriano Marcolino

João Antonio de Queiroz Oliveira

Grace Kelly Matos e Silva

Thatiane Dantas Dias

Barbara Campos Abreu Marino

André Pires Antunes

Antonio Luiz Ribeiro

Clareci Silva Cardoso

Figure 1 – Satisfaction of physicians of the mobile emergency service (SAMU) and of hospital emergency services (non-SAMU) according to the domains of the CARDIOSATIS-Team scale..


Background: The dissatisfaction of health professionals in emergency services has a negative influence on both the quality of care provided for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) patients and the retention of those professionals.

Objective: To assess physicians’ satisfaction with the structure of care and diagnosis at the emergency services in the Northern Region of Minas Gerais before the implementation of the AMI system of care.

Methods: This cross-sectional study included physicians from the emergency units of the ambulance service (SAMU) and level II, III and IV regional hospitals. Satisfaction was assessed by using the CARDIOSATIS-Team scale. The median score for each item, the overall scale and the domains were calculated and then compared by groups using the non parametric Mann-Whitney test. Correlation between time since graduation and satisfaction level was assessed using Spearman correlation. A p value < 0.05 was considered significant.

Results: Of the 137 physicians included in the study, 46% worked at SAMU. Most of the interviewees showed overall dissatisfaction with the structure of care, and the median score for the overall scale was 2.0 [interquartile range (IQR) 2.0 4.0]. Most SAMU physicians expressed their dissatisfaction with the care provided (54%), the structure for managing cardiovascular diseases (52%), and the technology available for diagnosis (54%). The evaluation of the overall satisfaction evidenced that the dissatisfaction of SAMU physicians was lower when compared to that of hospital emergency physicians. Level III/IV hospital physicians expressed greater overall satisfaction when compared to level II hospital physicians.

Conclusion: This study showed the overall dissatisfaction of the emergency physicians in the region assessed with the structure of care for cardiovascular emergencies. (Arq Bras Cardiol. 2018; 111(2):151-159)

Keywords: Cardiovascular Diseases; Myocardial Infartion; Acute Coronary Syndrome; Epidemiology; Health Profile; Quality Indicators, Health Care; Emergency Medical Services.