Date of Award

Spring 2024

Document Type

Project – Full Written

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Committee Chair

Abby Garlock


Cerebrovascular disease was identified as the fourth leading cause of death in Cleveland County, North Carolina from 2014 to 2018 (Cleveland County Public Health Center, 2020). Community education was identified as a potential solution to decreasing the number of community members affected by cerebrovascular disease and resulting death and disability. Five community classes were taught with 97 participants. Pre-, post-, and 1-week post-class surveys were distributed to assess baseline knowledge, knowledge gain, and knowledge retention, with 74 pre-class, 72 post-class, and 28 1-week post-class surveys returned. Of these surveys, after exclusionary criteria were used, 40 pre-class, 53 post-class, and 22 1-week post-class surveys were deemed usable. Data findings showed that mean and median improved from pre- to post-class surveys and knowledge was improved by 19.3-73.4% from pre-class to post-class surveys. Community education was shown to help improve the community’s baseline understanding of stroke and improve their comfort with identifying stroke symptoms.

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