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Stroke: awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors--a population-based survey.

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Parahoo, Kader, Thompson, Kathryn, Cooper, Marian, Stringer, Maurice, Ennis, Edel and McCollam, Paddy (2003) Stroke: awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors--a population-based survey. Cerebrovascular diseases (Basel, Switzerland), 16 (2). pp. 134-40. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1159/000070593

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This article reports the findings from a population-based survey conducted to determine baseline knowledge regarding the signs, symptoms and risk factors of stroke. METHODS: Data were collected in Northern Ireland from 892 adults using a self-completed questionnaire. RESULTS: In general, the results indicate that respondents appeared knowledgeable about the risk factors of stroke but their recognition of the warning signs was poor. In addition, approximately half of those surveyed would not contact the ambulance service in the case of a suspected stroke but instead would make initial contact with their general practitioner (41.5%) or family/relatives (2.3%). CONCLUSIONS: Given the importance of early hospital presentation for effective stroke rehabilitation, these findings are of particular concern in a community where the death rate from stroke is one of the highest in Europe. Future health education campaigns should provide accurate and appropriate information regarding the warning signs of stroke and highlight the importance of early hospital presentation.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Psychology Research Institute
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Managing Chronic Illness
Psychology Research Institute > Health and Wellbeing
Psychology Research Institute > Peace, Conflict & Equality
ID Code:2198
Deposited By:Mrs Julie Cummins
Deposited On:07 Dec 2009 14:40
Last Modified:15 Mar 2012 11:58

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