Witness Response at Acute Onset of Stroke: A Qualitative Theory-Guided Study

  title={Witness Response at Acute Onset of Stroke: A Qualitative Theory-Guided Study},
  author={Stephan U Dombrowski and Falko F Sniehotta and Joan E. Mackintosh and Martin White and Helen Rodgers and Richard G. Thomson and Madeleine J. Murtagh and Gary A. Ford and Martin Paul Eccles and Vera Ara{\'u}jo-Soares},
  booktitle={PloS one},
BACKGROUND Delay in calling emergency medical services following stroke limits access to early treatment that can reduce disability. Emergency medical services contact is mostly initiated by stroke witnesses (often relatives), rather than stroke patients. This study explored appraisal and behavioural factors that are potentially important in influencing witness behaviour in response to stroke. METHODS AND FINDINGS Semi-structured interviews with 26 stroke witnesses were transcribed and theory… CONTINUE READING
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