Knowledge of Stroke Risk Factors and Warning Signs among Private Primary School Teachers from Moro Community in Ife North Local Government, Nigeria
Background: Knowledge of stroke, especially the risk factors and warning signs is important
in the control of the disease. This knowledge vary between patients and are difficult
to interpret, especially for non-health professionals. The aim of the study is to
evaluate the knowledge of stroke risk factors and warning signs among teachers in
the private primary schools in Moro Community, Ife North Local Government, Osun
Methods: This study is a cross-sectional study design involving the use of pre-tested
43- item, purpose designed, and self- administered questionnaires to collect information
on knowledge of stroke risk factors and warning signs among the respondents. Data
were collated and analyzed based on descriptive statistics.
Results: The result showed that the respondents generally demonstrated poor knowledge
of risk factors (40.6%) and warning signs of stroke (41.5%). The most correctly
identified risk factor of stroke was hypertension (73.3%) while the least correctly
identified risk factor of stroke were obesity (28.1%) and increasing age (28.1%).
Difficulty in speech (70.2%) was the most correctly recognized warning sign of stroke
and the least correctly identified warning sign of stroke in this study was difficulty
in understanding (31.6%).
Conclusion: This study reveals a poor awareness of knowledge of stroke warning signs
and risk factors among the private primary school teachers. Therefore, considerable
education is needed to increase public awareness and health education on stroke.
Keywords: Stroke, warning
signs, risk factors, teachers.
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