Ethnic and racial differences of baseline stroke knowledge in a "stroke belt" community.


Journal Article

Acute stroke is often a treatable condition; however, intervention is time dependent and typically should ensue within 3 hr from onset of symptoms. The ability of individuals to understand stroke risk factors to reduce individual risk and to recognize warning signs and symptoms of stroke as signals to initiate medical care is paramount to decreasing stroke-related morbidity and mortality. This descriptive study presents ethnic and racial differences of baseline stroke knowledge among residents (n = 1,904) of two North Carolina counties situated in the Stroke Belt. Findings suggest a global stroke knowledge deficit that is more pronounced among Hispanics. Future community stroke education campaigns need to consider various educational mediums and outlets to ensure inclusion of persons at highest risk for stroke. Suggestions are provided for possible content of future stroke knowledge and prevention campaigns.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Biederman, DJ; Sienkiewicz, HC; Bibeau, DL; Chase, CM; Spann, LI; Romanchuck, R; Aronson, RE; Schulz, MR; Tiberia-Galka, A

Published Date

  • January 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 63 - 70

PubMed ID

  • 20439470

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20439470

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1524-8399

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1524839910369202


  • eng