The case for an Amharic term for stroke: "ye-Angol Tikat"

Sosena Aseffa, Sonja Stutzman, Abulkadir Kamal, Dawit Measho, Mehari Gebreyohanns

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Background: This study was developed to explore the efficacy of introducing the Amharic phrase "Ye-Angol Tikat," which translates to "brain attack" in English, as a mechanism to enhance stroke education among the Amharic-speaking Ethiopian community. Methods: A prospective, nonrandomized, survey was completed by 294 Amharic-speaking persons. The survey explored support and desire for a culturally appropriate terminology for stroke. Results: Most of the participants (93%) support the need for an Amharic term to describe stroke. Conclusion: This pilot project demonstrates a strong support for a descriptive and standardized terminology for stroke within the Amharic-speaking community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019


  • cerebrovascular accident
  • cultural sensitivity
  • health promotion
  • public health education
  • stroke prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medical–Surgical


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