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|Title: ||Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to stroke in Ghana and Nigeria: A SIREN call to action|
|Authors: ||Jenkins, Carolyn|
Melikam, Ezinne Sylvia
Sarfo, Fred Stephen
|Issue Date: ||2018|
|Publisher: ||Plos one|
|Citation: ||Jenkins C, Ovbiagele B, Arulogun O, Singh A, Calys-Tagoe B, Akinyemi R, et al. (2018) Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to stroke in Ghana and Nigeria: A SIREN call to action. PLoS ONE 13(11): e0206548. https://doi.org/ 10.1371/journal.pone.0206548|
Stroke is a prominent cause of death, disability, and dementia in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
The Stroke Investigative Research and Education Network works collaboratively with stroke
survivors and individuals serving as community controls to comprehensively characterize
the genomic, sociocultural, economic and behavioral risk factors for stroke in SSA.
In this paper, we aim to: i) explore the attitudes, beliefs, and practices related to stroke in
Ghana and Nigeria using the process of qualitative description; and ii) propose actions for
future research and community-based participation and education.
Stroke survivors, their caregivers, health care professionals, and community representatives
and faith-based leaders participated in one of twenty-six focus groups, which qualitatively
explored community beliefs, attitudes and practices related to stroke in Ghana and
Nigeria. Arthur Kleinman’s Explanatory Model of Illness and the Social Ecological Model
guided the questions and/or thematic analysis of the qualitative data. We hereby describe
our focus group methods and analyses of qualitative data, as well as the findings and suggestions
for improving stroke outcomes.
Results and discussion
The major findings illustrate the fears, causes, chief problems, treatment, and recommendations
related to stroke through the views of the participants, as well as recommendations for
working effectively with the SIREN communities. Findings are compared to SIREN quantitative
data and other qualitative studies in Africa. As far as we are aware, this is the first paper
to qualitatively explore and contrast community beliefs, attitudes, and practices among
stroke survivors and their caregivers, community and faith-based leaders, and health professionals
in multiple communities within Nigeria and Ghana.|
|Description: ||An article published by Jenkins C, Ovbiagele B, Arulogun O,
Singh A, Calys-Tagoe B, Akinyemi R, et al. (2018)
Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to
stroke in Ghana and Nigeria: A SIREN call to action.
PLoS ONE 13(11): e0206548. https://doi.org/
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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