What is stroke symptom knowledge?

International Journal of Stroke: March 19, 2013

Background

No commonly agreed definition exists for ‘stroke symptom knowledge’ among members of the general public. Recalling at least one correct stroke symptom has been used in the past. However, this criterion was not associated with rapid presentation to hospital. Rapid presentation is vital in order to provide effective acute stroke treatment.

Aims and/or hypothesis

We sought to identify a base level of community stroke symptom knowledge associated with stroke recognition when symptoms occur, an immediate ambulance call, and ‘stroke recognition and immediately calling an ambulance’ as a single sequence of events. Read more