Comparison of stroke warning sign campaigns in Australia, England, and Canada

Kym Trobbiani, Kate Freeman, Manuel Arango, Erin Lalor, Damian Jenkinson, Amanda Gay Thrift

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Public awareness of the signs of stroke is essential to ensure that those affected by stroke arrive at the hospital in time for lifesaving therapies. It is unclear how well stroke awareness campaigns improve awareness of stroke signs and whether people translate this into action. Methods: We evaluated stroke awareness campaigns conducted in England, Australia, and Canada using pre- and post-campaign surveys. We assessed the proportion of people who could name the main signs of stroke, and compared the proportion naming these correctly between locations. We also assessed whether people would call emergency services in the event of a stroke. Proportion responding correctly was compared using chi-square analysis. Results: The amount spent on the campaigns was different in each country. The post-campaign survey was conducted among 400 people in Australia, 1921 in England, and 2703 in Canada. Sixty-eight per cent of people in Australia and 57 in Canada could name two or more signs of stroke (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28 - 31
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Stroke
Issue numberA100
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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