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Physician-reported readiness to change stroke prevention practices

There are a series of possible impediments to the incorporation of new treatment modalities into clinical practice, and any intervention intended to alter practice must consider physicians' motivation and readiness to change. As part of a national survey in the United States, physicians from a variety of specialties were asked whether they were comfortable with, considering changing or expecting to make changes in their screening and treatment practices for a series of eight hypothetical patients at elevated risk of stroke. Readiness to change varied with the type of patient under consideration and with physician specialty, but not with a series of other physician and practice characteristics. Knowledge of physicians' states of readiness to change in combination with data relating to current practices and potential barriers to implementation should aid in targeting educational efforts and in the development of specific interventions to improve stroke prevention


Goldstein, LB., Cohen, SJ., Matchar, DB., Bonito, A., & Samsa, GP. (1998). Physician-reported readiness to change stroke prevention practices. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 7(5), 358-363.