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January 6, 1999

Reducing Treatment Delay and Improving Diagnostic Accuracy for Patients With Acute Stroke—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(1):31-34. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-1-jbk0106

In Reply: In our study, individuals whose age, race, and sex matched the population of patients with acute stroke in our region had a striking lack of knowledge of stroke warning signs and potential risk factors.

We have reported a similar lack of knowledge among stroke patients.1 In that study, of the 125 patients with stroke who had documented times of symptom onset, there was no significant difference in hospital arrival within 3 hours between those who knew a sign, symptom, or risk factor of stroke and those who did not.

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