Factors Predicting Stroke Prevention Behaviors in Patients at Risk of Stroke
The aim of this predictive study was to explore selected factors for predicting stroke prevention behaviors in patients at risk of stroke in one sub-district health promotion hospital. Simple random sampling without replacement was used to selected 128 subjects into the study. Research instruments included questionnaires about 1) Stroke Prevention Behavior, 2) Stroke Awareness, 3) Social Support, 4) Perceived Benefits of Health Behaviors, and 5) Perceived Barriers of Health Behaviors, which had reliability of .91, .83, .87, .95 and .94 respectively. The data were analyzed by using stepwise multiple regression analysis.
The results of the study showed that stroke awareness and social support jointly predicted stroke prevention behavior by 25.8% (R2 = .258, p < .05). In conclusion, healthcare providers should create programs to promote stroke awareness and increase social support for patients who are at risk of stroke.
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