Stroke: schoolchildren to join the emergency team
Health education researchers at Eastern Michigan University in the US report in Health Promotion Practice that they have developed a program that teaches schoolchildren how to recognise stroke symptoms in family members so that they can dial up emergency medical attention.
A three-year study, resulting in the ‘Kids Identifying and Defeating Stroke' (KIDS) project, was conducted in middle schools in Corpus Christi, Texas.
The project divided 515 sixth-grade students into two groups, with those in the intervention group given four classes about stroke awareness each year during the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. The students were also given homework assignments that involved teaching their parents or other adult partners about the signs and symptoms of stroke and the need to call the emergency phone number for medical attention.
The students took a pre-test before the intervention classes and preliminary results showed that, after the second year, those in the intervention group improved their stroke knowledge and their intent to call emergency on witnessing a stroke.
Published: 15 Feb 2010