Profile of and challenges experienced by stroke patients admitted to Ruhengeri Hospital in Rwanda
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Stroke is the world's third highest cause of death and a major cause of disability. In order to define optimal management for stroke, reliable data are needed. Although Ruhengeri Hospital in Rwanda receives many stroke patients, no in-depth study has been carried out on stroke patients admitted at the hospital. This study, therefore, identified the profile of stroke patients admitted at Ruhengeri Hospital in Rwanda and explored the challenges that they experienced. A concurrent mixed model design was used to collect data. With a data gathering instrument which was developed by the researcher, a quantitative retrospective approach was used to review existing patients’ records to collect information related to demographic characteristics, documented clinical features and risk factors for stroke, stroke onset-admission interval, length of hospital stay and the process of hysiotherapy for stroke patients. In-depth face-toface interviews were also used to collect data regarding the challenges experienced by stroke patients. The sample for the quantitative phase consisted of medical records of stroke patients admitted at Ruhengeri Hospital from January 1st, 2005 up to December 31st, 2008. In the qualitative phase, a purposive sample of 10 participants was selected.