Evaluation Of A Newly Implemented Community-Based Stroke Education And Outreach Program

The incidence of cardiovascular disease such as stroke and heart attack has continued to rise since 2012 in the United States. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 82,600,000 individuals manifest cardiovascular disease. Literature suggests that advanced treatments have evolved to provide care to stroke clients. However, a gap in the continuum of services, including support services, for stroke survivors and caregivers exists. Research suggests that stroke education and community prevention are key factors in combating strokes. The purpose of this project was to conduct a program evaluation of a newly developed stroke support group and evaluate stroke education implemented in a local community setting. In this project, a descriptive design was used to collect data using pre- and posttest surveys (n = 71), one interview, discharge phone calls (n = 20), and attendance at local health fairs. This quality improvement project assisted an acute care facility in evaluating newly added stroke programming and determining modifications and sustainability for future stroke program use. Pre- and posttest surveys showed little to no change in stroke knowledge. However, participants were satisfied with stroke education session and support group session deliveries. Identified barriers to support group attendance and additional audiences for stroke education provided an opportunity for organizational improvements in future stroke programming initiatives. Most importantly, this project assisted in meeting the ongoing accreditation needs for a certified primary stroke center. Keywords: Stroke, support group, community stroke education, program evaluation



Work Title Evaluation Of A Newly Implemented Community-Based Stroke Education And Outreach Program
Penn State
  1. Justina Marie Ferguson
  1. DNP Project, stroke, stroke support group, program evaluation
License All rights reserved
Work Type Project
  1. Judith Hupcey Ed.D., CRNP, FAAN
  2. Susan J. Loeb Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
  3. Kelly A. Wolgast, D.N.P., RN, FACHE, FAAN
Publication Date 6/20/2018
  1. Stroke Community Education
DOI doi:10.18113/S1ZP84
Deposited June 28, 2018




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