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The medical nurse practitioner's role in early stroke recognition

Stroke is common and has a major impact on people’s lives (Davenport et al, 1995). It is one of the world’s major health care problems, being the third leading cause of death and main cause of disability in industrialised countries (Lott et al, 1999; Bonita, 1992). Stroke begins as an acute medical emergency and presents complex care issues for the health care professional. For patients, it can lead to hospital admission for long-term care.

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