Hip hop music teaches children, parents to recognize stroke and act quickly

Using hip-hop music lyrics to effectively educate economically-disadvantaged, minority children and parents about stroke.

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Stroke instruction is essential notwithstanding for youngsters in light of the fact that basically calling 9-1-1 quickly when stroke indications begin could expand the rate of ideal stroke treatment by 24 percent. Generally, a witness makes the 9-1-1 call – something even a kid can do.

Different battles to enhance stroke awareness have been constrained by the high expenses of promoting, the absence of social fitting and low entrance into ethnic minority populace. Eventually, the coveted impact of calling 9-1-1 has scattered once the media crusade finished.

Olajide Williams MD MS Chief of Staff/Chief Medical Officer, Department of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Associate Professor of Neurology Columbia University Medical Center New York Presbyterian Hospital copyright Maiken Jacobs
Olajide Williams MD MS
Chief of Staff/Chief Medical Officer, Department of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Associate Professor of Neurology
Columbia University Medical Center
New York Presbyterian Hospital
copyright Maiken Jacobs

A new research by the American Heart Association suggests an intervention that uses hip-hop music with stroke education lyrics increased stroke awareness for economically-disadvantaged, minority children and their parents.

Researchers studied more than 3,000 4th through 6th graders from 22 public schools in New York City and a group of 1,144 of their parents found “Hip Hop Stroke”, a three-hour multimedia stroke awareness intervention, increased optimal stroke knowledge from 2 percent of children before the intervention to 57 percent right after. Three months later, 24 percent of children retained that knowledge.

Olajide Williams, M.D., M.S., study author and associate professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center, said, “The lack of stroke recognition, especially among blacks, results in dangerous delays in treatment. Because of those delays, only a quarter of all stroke patients arrive at the hospital within the ideal time for clot-busting treatment.”

They found that only 3 percent of parents could identify all stroke symptoms in the FAST acronym before the intervention, 20 percent could immediately after and 17 percent could three months later. Four of the youngsters put practically speaking what they realized in the mediation and called 911 for genuine stroke side effects, including one who overruled a parent’s proposal to keep a watch out.

Williams said, “The program’s culturally-tailored multimedia presentation is particularly effective among minority youth or other groups among whom Hip Hop music is popular. One unique aspect of the program is that the children who receive the program in school are used as ‘transmission vectors’ of stroke information to their parents and grandparents at home. Our trial showed that this is an effective strategy.”

The research is published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

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