Expanding stroke preparedness to vulnerable populations: A music video for the deaf community

Mellanie V. Springer*, Casey L. Corches, Bernadette McCracklin, Melecia Scott, Maria Cielito Robles, Lesli E. Skolarus

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BACKGROUND: Acute stroke treatments reduce disability after stroke, but eligibility for these treatments depends on rapid hospital arrival after symptom onset. Stroke preparedness interventions teach stroke symptoms and the importance of call-ing 911, thereby increasing patient eligibility for stroke treatments. Stroke preparedness interventions for the Deaf community are lacking. We sought to adapt a stroke preparedness music video, which was initially created for the hearing, for the Deaf community. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used a community-engaged approach, partnering with members of the Deaf community, to adapt the video over 4 months. Adaptation involved assessing the comprehensibility and appropriateness of the video and interpret-ing the song lyrics into American Sign Language. CONCLUSIONS: We collaborated with the Deaf community to create a stroke preparedness video for the Deaf. Future research will involve refining the video and testing its efficacy to increase stroke symptom recognition and intent to call 911.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere018352
JournalJournal of the American Heart Association
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 20 2020


  • Acute stroke
  • Behavior modification
  • Behavioral intervention
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Stroke ischemic
  • Stroke preparedness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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