Stroke knowledge and misconceptions among survivors of stroke and a non-stroke survivor sample

Sullivan, Karen A. & Waugh, Deborah J. (2005) Stroke knowledge and misconceptions among survivors of stroke and a non-stroke survivor sample. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 12(2), pp. 72-81.

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Purpose: To investigate stroke knowledge, knowledge gaps, and misconceptions about stroke among stroke survivors and non-stroke survivors. ---------- Method: Archival data from a stroke knowledge test administered to 38 non-stroke survivors (community sample) were compared to data collected for this study from 42 stroke survivors. ---------- Results: No difference in the overall level of stroke knowledge between groups was found. There were 12 issues about which stroke survivors and non-stroke survivors appear to have good understanding (e.g., the role of aspirin in preventing stroke). There were a smaller number of issues about which participants from both groups reported they lacked knowledge (e.g., the relationship between TIAs and stroke), or held erroneous beliefs (e.g., the effect of atrial fibrillation on stroke risk). ---------- Conclusions: There is a continuing need for education about stroke. Particular areas on which such programs might need to focus are identified.

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ID Code: 2279
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Stroke Education, Stroke Knowledge Test, Stroke
DOI: 10.1310/TJK4-V5W9-R5T7-GLEH
ISSN: 1074-9357
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CLINICAL SCIENCES (110300)
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 > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Thomas Land Publishers
Deposited On: 10 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:11

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