The Educational Needs of Newly Diagnosed Stroke Patients

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation


Sharon Kitchie


Patient education, Perceptions, Stroke, Satisfaction

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Research problem : There is limited research related to perceived educational needs among the newly diagnosed first-time stroke population. Purpose : This descriptive correlational study was conducted to determine the extent of stroke education, the perceived degree of satisfaction with stroke education and the importance placed on it, the demographic characteristics of stroke patients, and the sources of the information taught. Methods : 71 newly diagnosed stroke patients from two local hospitals received a self-report Likert-type questionnaire consisting of eight domains related to different aspects of stroke education. The questionnaire was distributed 24 to 72 hours after admission to the hospital, upon discharge, and two weeks postdischarge. Analysis : The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson's r, and repeated measures analysis of variance. Results : Medical knowledge and medication treatment were rated the most important to learn. Treatment of stroke with herbal or alternative medicine and dietary habits were the least important of the eight domains. Patients were not satisfied with stroke education.


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