Background and Purpose Patients who recognize their increased risk for stroke are more likely to engage in (and comply with) stroke prevention practices than those who do not.
We describe perceived risk of stroke among a nationally diverse sample of patients at increased risk for stroke and determine whether patients'knowledge of their stroke risk varied according to patients'demographic and clinical characteristics.
Methods Respondents were recruited from the Academic Medical Center Consortium (n=621, five academic medical centers, inpatients of varying age) ; the Cardiovascular Health Study (n=321, population-based sample of persons aged 65+years) ; and United HealthCare (n=319, five health plans, inpatients and outpatients typically younger than 65 years).
The primary outcome was awareness of being at risk for stroke.
Results Only 41% of respondents were aware of their increased risk for stroke (including less than one half of patients with previous minor stroke).
Approximately 74% of patients who recalled being told of their increased stroke risk by a physician acknowledged this risk in comparison with 28% of patients who did not recall being informed by a physician.
Younger patients, depressed patients, those in poor current health, and those with a history of TIA were most likely to be aware of their stroke risk.
Conclusions Over one half of patients at increased risk of stroke are unaware of their risk. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Accident cérébrovasculaire, Risque élevé, Connaissance, Facteur risque, Information public, Education santé, Prévention, Homme, Système nerveux pathologie, Système nerveux central pathologie, Encéphale pathologie, Cérébrovasculaire pathologie, Appareil circulatoire pathologie, Vaisseau sanguin pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Stroke, High risk, Knowledge, Risk factor, Public information, Health education, Prevention, Human, Nervous system diseases, Central nervous system disease, Cerebral disorder, Cerebrovascular disease, Cardiovascular disease, Vascular disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0320016
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 12/09/1997.