Effects of public education by television on knowledge of early stroke symptoms among a japanese population aged 40 to 74 years: A controlled study

Naomi Miyamatsu, Kazumi Kimura, Tomonori Okamura, Yasuyuki Iguchi, Hirofumi Nakayama, Akihiro Toyota, Makoto Watanabe, Akiko Morimoto, Miho Morinaga, Takenori Yamaguchi

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Background and Purpose-: An educational campaign by mass media has been associated with great increases in the knowledge about early symptoms of stroke. However, few studies were conducted with a controlled community intervention study. Methods-: To clarify the effects of a 1-year television campaign for the whole population on improvement of knowledge about stroke symptoms in 2 cities, a campaign area and a control area in Japan were selected. Before and after the campaign, 1960 randomly selected residents aged 40 to 74 years answered a telephone survey regarding knowledge of early stroke symptoms. We calculated the percentage and 95% CIs of participants who correctly chose all 5 early symptoms of stroke in each area and in each year. Results-: Before the campaign, 53% of participants (95% CI, 50%-55%) in the campaign area and 46% (95% CI, 44%-49%) in the control area correctly chose 5 early symptoms. After the 1-year television campaign, knowledge was significantly improved only in the campaign area (campaign area, 63%; 95% CI, 60%-66%; control area, 51%; 95% CI, 48%-54%). After sex stratification, only women showed improved knowledge of early symptoms. The audience rate for the campaign television programs was found to be higher in women than in men. Conclusions-: A 1-year stroke educational television campaign effectively improved knowledge about early stroke symptoms among Japanese women aged 40 to 74 years. No impact was found among men in this age group. Future studies should examine the impact of this approach on stroke knowledge among younger individuals and whether there are any behavioral changes that contribute to earlier presentation for treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-549
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Feb


  • acute stroke
  • educational campaigns
  • knowledge
  • prevention
  • symptoms
  • warning signs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing


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