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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


The purpose of this study was to describe gender differences in importance of stroke health beliefs in timing of seeking treatment for acute stroke symptoms. The data came from a larger study titled ‘Discovering Factors Related to the Timing of Seeking Health Care for Acute Stroke Symptoms” (ODonnell, Roberts, Ruhlandt, & Baer, 1999). The current study included 51 subjects who were asked to rate the importance of 13 belief statements on their decision to seek treatment. The Health Belief Model (HBM) was the conceptual framework for this study.

Data were analyzed using frequencies, percentages and Mann-Whitney U. There were no significant differences between gender and importance of perceived susceptibility, perceived seriousness, perceived barriers, or knowledge, in the stroke victim’s timing to seek treatment. Although females have higher morbidity and mortality rates, no statistical difference was found between beliefs and timing to seek treatment.


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