A systematic review of tests assessing stroke knowledge

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Hou, W., Hoffmann, T., Huang, Y., Wu, T., Chen S,. & Hsieh, C. (2016). A systematic review of the tests assessing stroke knowledge. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

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Accurate assessment of stroke knowledge (SK) is fundamental to the successful understanding of, monitoring of, and intervening to improve the SK of patients and the public.


The purpose of this study is to perform a systematic review of the existing SK tests and appraise their conceptual basis, feasibility, and psychometric properties. We conducted 2-step searching of MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Scopus electronic databases from January 1, 2000, to December 31, 2014, to identify relevant SK tests for the appraisal.


Our study found 59 SK tests, out of a total of 93 articles, with full content available that had been referred to in the published literature. Ten of them had been used in more than 1 study, and 2 (the Stroke Knowledge Test and the Stroke Action Test) of them have had at least 1 of their psychometric properties validated. Only 1 test (the Stroke Knowledge Test) was developed using rigorous methodology, covers a wide range of concepts, and met all feasibility criteria; however, its limitations include no articulated conceptual basis, inadequate internal consistency reliability (α = .65), and lack of some validated psychometric properties.


Our study revealed that current available tools are not sufficiently able to accurately and reliably assess SK to promote stroke prevention and management.


This study highlights the attention of applying current SK tests and need for revising existing tests or developing a new test.

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