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Stroke Education Program Improves Student Knowledge

Middle school students learn to recognize symptoms, call 911 upon witnessing a stroke

THURSDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- A stroke education program for middle-school students in a largely Hispanic population, which has a higher incidence of stroke than other groups, improves knowledge of stroke signs and treatment, according to a study published online in Health Promotion Practice.

Kathleen Mullen Conley, Ph.D., from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, and colleagues evaluated knowledge of stroke and treatment in 330 sixth-grade students in Corpus Christi, Texas, where 149 students had been randomly assigned to a three-year stroke education program (Kids Identifying and Defeating Stroke), which involved four 50-minute classes each year plus a homework assignment that involved parents or other adult partners, and 181 students did not participate in the program.

The researchers found that after two years, the program significantly improved student knowledge of stroke pathophysiology, recognition of stroke symptoms, stroke treatment, and intent to call 911 upon witnessing a stroke.

"This school-based educational intervention to reduce delay time to hospital arrival for stroke shows early promise," Conley and colleagues conclude.

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