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Grant projects Calling 911 in response to stroke: change in individual behaviour following a two-year education campaign & ways to enhance public awarenes

Coordinator Coordinator: Dušek Ladislav

Duration Duration: 2008–2010

The aim of this project was to identify whether there was a change in response to stroke symptoms in the Czech Republic following the two-year media campaign as compared to previously collected data from 2005. The secondary goal was to identify the predictors of such change in response to stroke symptoms and what prompted people to call 911.

In the period between November 2008 and December 2008, a nationwide survey was conducted throughout the Czech Republic using the same methodology as in 2005 and employing a 3-stage random sampling method (area, household, and household member sampling). Participants above 40 years of age were personally interviewed via a structured questionnaire concerning their knowledge and ability to correctly respond to stroke as assessed by the validated Stroke Action Test (STAT). The primary outcome measure was the difference in a STAT score >50% (i.e. respondents chose to call 911 for >50% of stroke symptoms) between 2005 and 2009. Results of the research were published in the Cerebrovascular Diseases journal.

Main investigator: MUDr. Robert Mikulík, PhD. (St Anne's University Hospital Brno)

  • Funding: The project was supported by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic within the programme “Departmental Programme of Research and Development – MH II from 2008 to 2011”. The project is registered with the identifier NS10100.
  • Brief overview of results: you can find more detailed information – in Czech language only – in the VaVaI information system