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Table 5 Knowledge of the action to be taken and the preferred time to go to the hospital when seeing a patient with of cerebro-vascular stroke among urban and rural participants

From: Public knowledge of warning signs and risk factors of cerebro-vascular stroke in Ismailia Governorate, Egypt

  Total Urban Rural
No. = 720 No. = 360 No. = 360
Action to be taken
 Direct to hospital 619 (86.0%) 344 (95.6%)** 275 (76.4%)
 Go to neurologist 327 (45.4%) 231 (64.2%)** 96 (26.7%)
 Call GP 201 (27.9%) 24 (6.7%) 177 (49.2%)§
 Call pharmacist 172 (23.9%) 8 (2.2%) 164 (45.6%)§
 Call religious person 106 (14.7%) 4 (1.1%) 102 (28.3%)§
 Call herbalist 61 (8.5%) 4 (1.1%) 57 (15.8%)§
 Did not know 5 (0.7%) 0 (0%) 5 (1.4%)
Time to go to the hospital
 Within 4 h 455 (63.2%) 352 (97.8%)** 103 (28.6%)
 After 4 h 143 (19.9%) 0 (0%) 143(39.7%)§
 Did not know 122(16.9%) 8 (2.2%) 114 (31.7%)§
  1. χ2 test, (**) highly significant in comparison to rural, (§) significant in comparison to urban