The Growth and Development of a Research Study: Why Stroke Survivors Wait So Long

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Abstract

The recent focus on stroke treatment has revealed that stroke survivors are not reaching emergency care early enough to benefit from available treatment modalities. As a result, the authors designed a study to determine the factors that influence the timing of seeking health care for stroke symptoms. Encouraged and supported by peers across the country, it became a collaborative national multicenter research study. This article describes the process used to develop the research study, as well as the challenges encountered along the way.

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