Developing a stroke intervention program : what do people at risk of stroke want?

Sullivan, Karen A., White, Katherine M, Young, Ross McD., Scott, Clinton J., & Mulgrew, Kate E. (2008) Developing a stroke intervention program : what do people at risk of stroke want? Patient Education and Counseling, 70(1), pp. 126-134.

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Objective: There is currently little research examining what individuals who are at risk of a stroke want from an invention program. In order to increase the usefulness of such programs, qualitative research methods were used explore invention design issues such as factors affecting accessibility of programs and preferred health information sources. Method: Thirty people, each with at least one stroke risk factor, participated in one of eight focus groups. Results: Broad support was indicated for our proposed intervention. Participants’ perceived the value and likely success of such a program enhanced if it: (a) was integrated with, and supported by, other respected health services; (b) included social components (particularly important to women); (c) produced long term benefits; and, (d) included information that was personally relevant and practical in terms of implementing change. Three reasons emerged for continuing stroke education campaigns as a component of intervention programs; these were: (a) a lack of awareness among some participants of gaps in their stroke knowledge; (b) participants' explicit requests for specific rather than general information; and (c) the apparent failure of some participants to self-identify as at risk. Conclusion: This study yielded a number of important design considerations that should be taken into account when developing stroke intervention programs. Practical Implications: We discuss ways of maximising the personal relevance of stroke prevention information along theoretically important dimensions, and consumers' recommendations for the design and delivery of stroke intervention programs.

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ID Code: 6332
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Sullivan, stroke, rehabilitation, qualitative research
DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2007.09.006
ISSN: 0738-3991
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 19 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:44

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