Perception of stroke and knowledge of potential risk factors among Omani patients at increased risk for stroke

Mohammed A. Al Shafaee, Shyam S. Ganguly, Abdullah R. Al Asmi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

32 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background: Previous studies have demonstrated poor knowledge of stroke among patients with established risk factors. This study aims to assess the baseline knowledge, among patients with increased risk for stroke in Oman, of warning symptoms of stroke, impending risk factors, treatment, and sources of information. Methods: In April 2005, trained family practice residents at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital Clinics (cardiology, neurology, diabetic, and lipid clinics), using a standardised, structured, pre-tested questionnaire, conducted a survey of 400 Omani patients. These patients all demonstrated potential risk factors for stroke. Results: Only 35% of the subjects stated that the brain is the organ affected by a stroke, 68% correctly identified at least one symptom/sign of a stroke, and 43% correctly identified at least one stroke risk factor. The majority (62%) did not believe they were at increased risk for stroke, and 98% had not been advised by their attending physician that their clinical conditions were risk factors for stroke. In the multivariable logistic regression analysis, lower age and higher levels of education were associated with better knowledge regarding the organ involved in stroke, stroke symptoms, and risk factors. Conclusion: Because their knowledge about stroke risk factors was poor, the subjects in this study were largely unaware of their increased risk for stroke. Intensive health education is needed to improve awareness of stroke, especially among the most vulnerable groups.

Original languageEnglish
Article number38
JournalBMC Neurology
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 20 2006

Fingerprint

Stroke
Oman
Family Practice
Neurology
Cardiology
Health Education
Signs and Symptoms
Logistic Models
Regression Analysis
Physicians
Lipids
Education
Brain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Clinical Neurology

Cite this

@article{c5d0f8cb06324e38b5fded9df72ade94,
title = "Perception of stroke and knowledge of potential risk factors among Omani patients at increased risk for stroke",
abstract = "Background: Previous studies have demonstrated poor knowledge of stroke among patients with established risk factors. This study aims to assess the baseline knowledge, among patients with increased risk for stroke in Oman, of warning symptoms of stroke, impending risk factors, treatment, and sources of information. Methods: In April 2005, trained family practice residents at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital Clinics (cardiology, neurology, diabetic, and lipid clinics), using a standardised, structured, pre-tested questionnaire, conducted a survey of 400 Omani patients. These patients all demonstrated potential risk factors for stroke. Results: Only 35{\%} of the subjects stated that the brain is the organ affected by a stroke, 68{\%} correctly identified at least one symptom/sign of a stroke, and 43{\%} correctly identified at least one stroke risk factor. The majority (62{\%}) did not believe they were at increased risk for stroke, and 98{\%} had not been advised by their attending physician that their clinical conditions were risk factors for stroke. In the multivariable logistic regression analysis, lower age and higher levels of education were associated with better knowledge regarding the organ involved in stroke, stroke symptoms, and risk factors. Conclusion: Because their knowledge about stroke risk factors was poor, the subjects in this study were largely unaware of their increased risk for stroke. Intensive health education is needed to improve awareness of stroke, especially among the most vulnerable groups.",
author = "{Al Shafaee}, {Mohammed A.} and Ganguly, {Shyam S.} and {Al Asmi}, {Abdullah R.}",
year = "2006",
month = "10",
day = "20",
doi = "10.1186/1471-2377-6-38",
language = "English",
volume = "6",
journal = "BMC Neurology",
issn = "1471-2377",
publisher = "BioMed Central",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Perception of stroke and knowledge of potential risk factors among Omani patients at increased risk for stroke

AU - Al Shafaee, Mohammed A.

AU - Ganguly, Shyam S.

AU - Al Asmi, Abdullah R.

PY - 2006/10/20

Y1 - 2006/10/20

N2 - Background: Previous studies have demonstrated poor knowledge of stroke among patients with established risk factors. This study aims to assess the baseline knowledge, among patients with increased risk for stroke in Oman, of warning symptoms of stroke, impending risk factors, treatment, and sources of information. Methods: In April 2005, trained family practice residents at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital Clinics (cardiology, neurology, diabetic, and lipid clinics), using a standardised, structured, pre-tested questionnaire, conducted a survey of 400 Omani patients. These patients all demonstrated potential risk factors for stroke. Results: Only 35% of the subjects stated that the brain is the organ affected by a stroke, 68% correctly identified at least one symptom/sign of a stroke, and 43% correctly identified at least one stroke risk factor. The majority (62%) did not believe they were at increased risk for stroke, and 98% had not been advised by their attending physician that their clinical conditions were risk factors for stroke. In the multivariable logistic regression analysis, lower age and higher levels of education were associated with better knowledge regarding the organ involved in stroke, stroke symptoms, and risk factors. Conclusion: Because their knowledge about stroke risk factors was poor, the subjects in this study were largely unaware of their increased risk for stroke. Intensive health education is needed to improve awareness of stroke, especially among the most vulnerable groups.

AB - Background: Previous studies have demonstrated poor knowledge of stroke among patients with established risk factors. This study aims to assess the baseline knowledge, among patients with increased risk for stroke in Oman, of warning symptoms of stroke, impending risk factors, treatment, and sources of information. Methods: In April 2005, trained family practice residents at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital Clinics (cardiology, neurology, diabetic, and lipid clinics), using a standardised, structured, pre-tested questionnaire, conducted a survey of 400 Omani patients. These patients all demonstrated potential risk factors for stroke. Results: Only 35% of the subjects stated that the brain is the organ affected by a stroke, 68% correctly identified at least one symptom/sign of a stroke, and 43% correctly identified at least one stroke risk factor. The majority (62%) did not believe they were at increased risk for stroke, and 98% had not been advised by their attending physician that their clinical conditions were risk factors for stroke. In the multivariable logistic regression analysis, lower age and higher levels of education were associated with better knowledge regarding the organ involved in stroke, stroke symptoms, and risk factors. Conclusion: Because their knowledge about stroke risk factors was poor, the subjects in this study were largely unaware of their increased risk for stroke. Intensive health education is needed to improve awareness of stroke, especially among the most vulnerable groups.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=33751216134&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=33751216134&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1186/1471-2377-6-38

DO - 10.1186/1471-2377-6-38

M3 - Article

VL - 6

JO - BMC Neurology

JF - BMC Neurology

SN - 1471-2377

M1 - 38

ER -