Why People Do, or Do Not, Immediately Contact Emergency Medical Services following the Onset of Acute Stroke: Qualitative Interview Study

Plosone: 10/4/12

Objectives

To identify the reasons why individuals contact, or delay contacting, emergency medical services in response to stroke symptoms.

Design

Qualitative interview study with a purposive sample of stroke patients and witnesses, selected according to method of accessing medical care and the time taken to do so. Data were analysed using the Framework approach.

Setting

Area covered by three acute stroke units in the north east of England.

Participants

Nineteen stroke patients and 26 witnesses who had called for help following the onset of stroke symptoms. Read more