Most people have their first symptoms of acute stroke outside hospital. It is vital that healthcare professionals (eg GPs and their receptionists, telephone advice line nurses, emergency care paramedics, A&E staff) can recognise stroke as accurately as possible to facilitate appropriate emergency care.
National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke, 2008
GP contact is a commonly accessed route for people with stroke symptoms, particularly for TIA and for atypical stroke symptoms. However, stroke-specific training for primary care staff is variable in scope and quality. Staff who may benefit from stroke-specific training include non-clinical staff such as receptionists, as well as qualified and unqualified clinical staff. In addition to traditional face-to-face courses, on-line learning may be a useful approach. On-line education has grown in popularity, ranging from support of traditional classroom based lectures to learning completely on-line. Provision of an on-line course may meet the needs of flexibility of access, and the content can be tailored to user needs.
The aim of this study is to evaluate the acceptability and impact of different modes (online only versus online plus face-to-face modes) of stroke training for primary care staff. We have conducted a pilot study with a Primary Care Trust in the North West. Practices were allocated to online only; online plus single afternoon session; or online plus three lunchtime sessions.
For more information about this project, please contact Dr. Jo Gibson.