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|Title:||Public awareness of sepsis and stroke in singapore:A population-based survey|
|Authors:||Phua, J. |
|Citation:||Phua, J.,Lim, H.F.,Tay, C.K.,Aung, N.W. (2013-06). Public awareness of sepsis and stroke in singapore:A population-based survey. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 42 (6) : 269-277. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||Introduction: Management guidelines emphasise the importance of prompt therapeutic intervention for sepsis as well as stroke, both of which are common causes of death. Unfortunately, a rate-limiting step may be delayed presentation to the emergency department by patients themselves. The aim of this study was to assess public awareness of sepsis and stroke in Singapore. Materials and Methods: This was a population-based, structured telephone survey of adults in Singapore. Results: There were 1067 completed surveys (response rate 50.3%). The survey population was mostly comparable with the actual Singapore population. Fifty-three respondents (5.0%) had heard of the term sepsis. Of these, 45 respondents (4.2%) could provide at least one accepted defi nition of sepsis, the commonest being that of an unspecifi ed infection. Respondents mostly heard about sepsis from school, the Internet, and newspapers. On the other hand, 963 respondents (90.3%) had heard of the term stroke. Of these, 818 respondents (76.7%) could name at least one accepted warning sign of stroke, the commonest being that of numbness, while 806 respondents (75.5%) could name at least one accepted risk factor for stroke, the commonest being hypertension. Respondents mostly heard about stroke from television, newspapers, a relative, a friend, media (unspecifi ed), and the Internet. Conclusion: Our fi ndings refl ect the differences in the public profi le of sepsis versus stroke in Singapore. More concerted efforts involving healthcare professionals, medical societies, statutory boards, and the mass media are required to improve public awareness of these 2 conditions -especially sepsis.|
|Source Title:||Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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