Saratov JOURNAL of Medical and Scientific Research

Public knowledge of risk factors, signs and treatment of stroke: Analysis of the survey results in 2014 and 2017

Year: 2018, volume 14 Issue: №1 Pages: 177-185
Heading: Neurology Article type: Original article
Authors: Shchanitsyn I.N., Razdorskaya V.V., Kolokolov O.V., Lukina E.V., Loi'ko V.S,
Organization: Center of Medical Inspection, Moscow, Saratov State Medical University

Aim. This study was conducted to establish levels of knowledge in the general population, and also to determine the impact of educational sessions on stroke knowledge. Material and Methods. Two groups (2014 and 2017 years) completed a stroke knowledge questionnaire (435 respondents). Results. Overall, most of respondents could list 2 or more risk factors, but only 50% in 2014 could list 3 warning signs. More than 80% would call emergency number in response to stroke, but only 25% had heard of thrombolytic therapy. Overall stroke knowledge scores decreased in 2017 despite the public awareness in the media. Conclusion. Currently the knowledge of stroke risk factors, warning signs, and treatment is poor in Saratov. Our study demonstrates that more educational campaigns should be conducted for improve knowledge of stroke symptoms, and therapy.

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