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Knowledge and perception of stroke amongst hospital workers in an African community

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rufus Akinyemi, Professor Raj Kalaria


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Background and purpose: Stroke is a growing public health problem worldwide. Hospital workers are sources of knowledge on health issues including stroke. The present study aimed at assessing the knowledge and perception of a sample of Nigerian hospital workers about stroke. Methods: Hospital-based, cross-sectional survey. Respondents selected by systematic random sampling were interviewed using a 29-item pre-tested, structured, semi-closed questionnaire. Results: There were 370 respondents (63% female, mean age: 34.4 +/- 7.5 years; 61% non-clinical workers). Twenty-nine per cent of respondents did not recognize the brain as the organ affected. Hypertension (88.6%) was the commonest risk factor identified; 13.8% identified evil spirit/witchcraft as a cause of stroke, whilst one-sided body weakness (61.9%) was most commonly identified as warning symptom. Hospital treatment was most preferred by 61.1% of respondents whilst spiritual healing was most preferred by 13.0%. In the bivariate analysis, higher level of education and being a clinical worker correlated with better stroke knowledge (P

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Author(s): Akinyemi RO, Ogah OS, Ogundipe RF, Oyesola OA, Oyadoke AA, Ogunlana MO, Otubogun FM, Odeyinka TF, Alabi BS, Akinyemi JO, Osinfade JK, Kalaria RN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Neurology

Year: 2009

Volume: 16

Issue: 9

Pages: 998-1003

ISSN (print): 1351-5101

ISSN (electronic): 1468-1331

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-1331.2009.02666.x


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