Exploring different stroke populations’ information needs: a cross-sectional study in England

Allam Harfoush, Kausik Chatterjee, Elizabeth Deery, Hanady Hamdallah

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Background: While tailored information might have the potential to motivate stroke survivors to make essential lifestyle changes and improve long-term outcomes, how this varies among different stroke populations is not yet fully understood.
Method: From November 2022 to May 2023, stroke survivors in the UK, who were clinically stable, participated in a community-based, descriptive cross-sectional study. Participants rated several information themes on a Likert scale from one to five, indicating the relevance of each information group to them. Data were analysed using Wilcoxon and chi-squared tests on SPSS. Descriptive statistics were employed for examining the preferred information delivery method, timing, personnel, and frequency.
Results: Seventy survivors, with an average age of 67 ± 19 (61% males), were recruited. Survivors emphasised the importance of symptoms, risk factors, and recovery information during hospital stay, while medication and lifestyle change information were more significant in the community. Subgroup analysis revealed distinct patterns: First-time stroke survivors highlighted the importance of social and financial support (acute phase median Likert score 3, chronic phase median Likert score 4; p < 0.01), while those with prior strokes emphasised information on driving and working after stroke (acute phase median Likert score 4, chronic phase median Likert score 3; p < 0.05). Survivors recruited after six months of stroke prioritised knowledge of carer support in the community (acute phase median Likert score 3.5, chronic phase median Likert score 4; p < 0.01). Conclusion: Survivors’ information needs differ depending on factors such as the recovery phase, type of stroke, time since diagnosis, and the presence of a previous stroke. Considering these factors is essential when developing or providing information to stroke survivors.
Original languageEnglish
Article number63
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Public Health
Issue number1
Early online date6 May 2024
Publication statusPublished online - 6 May 2024

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Data Access Statement

The data supporting the findings of this study is available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.


  • Education
  • Needs
  • Survivors
  • Priorities
  • Prevention
  • Stroke
  • Information


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