European Journal of Therapeutics
Original Investigation

Determination of the level of knowledge of stroke among patients aged 60 years and older

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Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Gaziantep, Turkey

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Kürtül Family Health Center, Kahramanmaras, Turkey

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Emergency Service, Istanbul Basaksehir State Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey

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Samsat Family Health Center, Adiyaman, Turkey

Eur J Ther 2016; 22: 136-140
DOI: 10.5152/EurJTher.2016.005
Read: 300 Downloads: 120 Published: 03 September 2019

Abstract

Introduction: The aim of the present study is to determine the level of knowledge of stroke among subjects aged 60 years and older.

 

Materials and Methods: The present study included 172 subjects aged 60 years or older, who were admitted to the outpatient clinics at Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University Faculty of Medicine for any reason between March 1, 2015 and June 13, 2015. The questionnaire included 11 questions assessing the level of knowledge about the risk factors for stroke and ten questions that assessed the level of knowledge on the symptoms of stroke.

 

Results: The mean age of the participants was 68.05 ± 7.04 years (min= 60, max= 88). Of the participants, 83 (48.3%) reported that they previously heard of the terms “stroke” and 89 (51.7%) reported that they had not previously heard of this term. The mean stroke risk factors knowledge score of the participants was 7.18 ± 3.21 and the mean stroke symptoms knowledge score was 7.12 ± 2.81. The mean stroke risk factors knowledge score was 7.09 ± 3.18 in females and 7.26 ± 3.26 in males. The mean stroke symptoms knowledge score was 7.42 ± 2.76 in females and 6.88 ± 2.84 in males. Males and females had similar achievements in stroke risk factor knowledge (p= 0.737) and stroke symptoms (p= 0.213) domains.

 

Conclusion: The present study showed a considerable lack of knowledge among individuals aged 60 years and older. The provision of education about stroke is very important from the perspective of health policies in this particular population, already at an advanced age, as an important risk factor for stroke.

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