Awareness of Stroke among Teachers in Asser Region, Saudi Arabia

*Fares M Al Zahrani
Medicine, College Of Medicine , King Khalid University, Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author:
Fares M Al Zahrani
Medicine, College Of Medicine , King Khalid University, Khamis Mushait, Saudi Arabia
Email:dr.alzahrani@outlook.sa

Published on: 2019-07-05

Abstract

Background: Stroke is a serious life-threatening medical disorder, which is caused by disruption of blood vessels supplying oxygen to the brain cells. Stroke is mainly categorized into two types, ischemic and hemorrhagic.
Objective: To assess the knowledge of teachers and their contribution to spreading awareness related to stroke, its causes, risks, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Design: A cross-sectional survey.
Settings: Government schools in Asser region of Saudi Arabia.
Subjects and methods: A 25 questionnaire set was distributed to the teachers for filling up, which included questions to evaluate the teacher’s knowledge of stroke.
Main outcome measures: Simple random sampling technique, SPSS software program, Chi-Square test.
Results: Teachers from Saudi origin were statistically more aware of stroke (p value=0.003). A statistically significant difference (p value=0.015) was observed in terms of the gender of teachers where it was observed that males spread more stroke awareness. Teachers with a bachelor’s degree (p value=0.020) and the ones who specialized in social subjects spread (p value=0.038) significant awareness.
Conclusion: It is essential to increase the knowledge of teachers regarding stroke. Various campaigns and awareness camps should be conducted to spread awareness.

Keywords

Asser Region; Survey; Stroke

Introduction

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical disorder that occurs due to disruption of blood vessels supplying oxygen to the brain cells. The blood vessels transport oxygen and nutrients to the brain and are essential for normal functioning of the central nervous system. When a blood vessel is either blocked by a clot or is ruptured, the part of the brain that normally receives blood from that vessel does not get sufficient amount of oxygen, resulting in the death of the cell [1].

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