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Stroke patient's knowledge about stroke

Show simple item record Gunatilake, S.B. Biyanwila, C. Liyanage, B. 2016-04-05T11:10:45Z 2016-04-05T11:10:45Z 2001
dc.identifier.citation Sri Lanka Medical Association, 114th Anniversary Academic Sessions. 2001; 53 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0009-0895
dc.description Poster Presentation Abstract (PP 13), 114th Anniversary Academic Sessions, Sri Lanka Medical Association, 21-24 March 2001 Colombo, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: Little is known about stroke patient's general knowledge about stroke symptoms, risk factors, pathology and available treatments. This information is important for implementation of preventive programs. OBJECTIVE: This study attempts to determine the knowledge of stroke patients about the illness after they were discharged from hospital. METHODS: Consecutive patients attending the outpatient clinics following discharge from hospital after a first-ever stroke were included in the study. A structured, standardised interview using a questionnaire was performed by two doctors. Age and sex matched patients attending the clinic for non-vascular illnesses were used as a control group. RESULTS: During a period of two months 48 patients were recruited. Of them 17 had been educated upto GCE ordinary level. All 48 patients knew of at least one stroke symptom and over 90% knew that paralysis, speech disturbance and walking difficulty are stroke symptoms. Only 20 (42%) knew that the primary organ involved was the brain and of them only five knew that a stroke is due to thrombosis or haemorrhage. Thirteen patients (27%) were not aware of any risk factors and 33 (73%) knew that hypertension is a risk factor. Smoking was identified as a risk factor by 21 (44%), but 29 (60%) didn't know that stopping smoking reduces the stroke risk. Only 30 patients (62%) knew that stroke can be prevented and 37 (77%) said that stroke is an emergency. All except four patients had sought medical advice the same day. CONCLUSIONS: Our patients have a good knowledge of stroke symptoms and seek medical advice early. Awareness of risk factors are average but the knowledge about the organ involved and the pathology was poor. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Sri Lanka Medical Association en_US
dc.subject stroke en_US
dc.title Stroke patient's knowledge about stroke en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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