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Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted Evidence-Based Project Report

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Carole A. Pepa


Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, ranking behind "diseases of the heart" and all forms of cancer (American Stroke Association, 2007). It is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. Despite these statistics, there is poor knowledge among both the general community and health care professionals about the nature of stroke, signs and symptoms of a stroke, and what to do in the event of a stroke. Early treatment is crucial in maximizing the benefit of stroke intervention. The purpose of this evidence-based project (EBP) at PSMH was to establish clinical practice on the best utilization of scientific guidelines and improve outcomes on patients who come into the hospital with a diagnosis of acute stroke or transient ischemic attack.


Copyright of the Iowa Model of Evidence-Based Practice to Promote Quality Care will be retained by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.