International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 111–123 | Cite as

Coronary heart disease: health knowledge and behaviour

  • Yazid N. Al Hamarneh
  • Grainne E. Crealey
  • James C. McElnay
Research Article


Objective To determine the current level of knowledge and understanding of CHD in the general public in Northern Ireland and to identify factors that are associated with higher knowledge levels. Setting Six provincial centres in Northern Ireland. Methods The data in the present study were collected using an interview administered questionnaire. 1,000 members of the general public were interviewed face-to-face. CHD knowledge was computed as a continuous variable, i.e. higher score represents better CHD knowledge. Main outcome measure CHD knowledge in the general public in Northern Ireland. Results Study respondents displayed limited knowledge and understanding of CHD. Study respondents who achieved higher CHD knowledge scores were more likely to report: exercising for 30 min three times or more per week, paying attention to their diet, being overweight, having a family history of CHD, living in a higher socioeconomic area (according to postcode) and having attended tertiary education. Respondents in the present study while recognising the role that community pharmacists had to play in helping patients manage their prescribed medicines, did not recognise the community pharmacists’ role in other aspects of CHD detection or management. Conclusion The deficit in CHD knowledge could translate into inadequate preventative behaviour patterns and suboptimal clinical outcomes. If community pharmacists wish to become increasingly involved in public health delivery relating to CHD they need to develop effective and accessible services and promote these to the public who at present do not recognise this role of the community pharmacist.


Coronary heart disease Northern Ireland Pubic knowledge Risk factors 



All the members of the general public who participated in this study.


No external funding.

Conflicts of interest

None declared.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yazid N. Al Hamarneh
    • 1
  • Grainne E. Crealey
    • 2
  • James C. McElnay
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PharmacyQueen’s University BelfastBelfastNorthern Ireland, UK
  2. 2.Clinical Research Support Centre, 1st Floor, Education and Research CentreRoyal HospitalsBelfastNorthern Ireland, UK

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