Risk Status of Stroke among Adults and the Effectiveness of an Awareness Program on Primary Prevention of Stroke

Thomas, Beena and Navaneetha, M and Malathi, * (2011) Risk Status of Stroke among Adults and the Effectiveness of an Awareness Program on Primary Prevention of Stroke. International Journal of Nursing Education., 3 (2). pp. 12-14. ISSN 0974-9349

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Abstract

Background:Stroke is emerging as a major public health problem. Identifying risk factor and providing education on primary prevention will help to reduce the burden of stroke in the community. Objective :To identify the risk status of stroke among adults and to find association between the risk status of adults and selected variables such as age, gender, education, occupation and source of information. Material and Method :Descriptive study conducted in Kaviyur village of Pathanamthitta District, Kerala. A total of 410 adults (45 years and above), were given a self administered stroke risk assessment questionnaire followed by Blood pressure, height and weight measurement. Results: Around 52.7% were more than 55 years and 58. 8% were females. Half of the samples (51.5%) were having SSLC up to Pre University level and found that among the samples 45.4% were house wives. It was noted that majority of the participants 73.9% were getting health information from television. The major risk factors of stroke Hypertension (38%), Smoking (17.1%), High cholesterol (25.1%), and Diabetes (24.4%) and lack of exercise (53.7%) were identified among 410 samples. Conclusion: People were often unable to identify their health condition as risk factor of stroke. Risk perception through mass education on primary prevention of stroke will help to control of modifiable risk factors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Risk status, adults, stroke.
Subjects: Nursing > MCON Manipal > Community Health
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2012 06:59
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2012 06:59
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/3067

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