The German Stroke Society will initiate a nationwide educational campaign about stroke. Hospitals from the following cities (Hamburg, Kiel, Berlin, Dresden, Erfurt/Jena, Essen, Osnabrück, Frankfurt, Mannheim, Heidelberg, Erlangen, Nürnberg, Munich, among others) will participate and raise awareness among the general public about stroke warning symptoms, risk factors and the appropriate procedures to ensure timely access to treatment and long-term well being after a stroke.
The educational campaign will also incorporate individual tests to measure the likelihood of a stroke in line with consultations on lifestyle and even the possibility of extra- and intracranial cardiovascular ultrasound tests. Another novelty of World Stroke Day 2010 is a scientific project being carried out under the leadership of Prof. Heuschmann, Center for Stroke Research Berlin (CSB) and the Dr. Wagner Foundation of the German Stroke Aid. The project will attempt to measure the actual impact of educational campaigns amongst the population by handing out surveys to participants including monitoring knowledge, attitude, behaviors, perceptions (KABP).
Furthermore, the quality of the educational campaign and its impact on the participants will also be measured in order to identify the most effective strategy.
Participating regions will be divided into three sectors with slightly different educational approaches:
1. Public lecture of an expert and Question & Answer (Q&A)
2. Public lecture of an expert and stroke survivor, Q & A sessions
3. Public lecture of an expert including an educational movie; Q & A sessions
More information about the German Stroke Society and its campaign under
http://www.dsg-info.de/ (only available in German)