Experiences of transient ischaemic attack diagnosis and secondary prevention: a qualitative review

Garth Ravenhill*, Loukia Gkanasouli, Maggie Lawrence

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) diagnosis is a serious, early sign that a person is at high risk of stroke. However, little is known about patients’ experiences, perceptions and behaviours regarding TIA symptoms, diagnosis and secondary prevention.
Aim: To explore patients’ experiences of TIA symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and secondary prevention.
Methods: A qualitative review was conducted using a meta-aggregation approach. Five major databases were searched to identify eligible papers. Findings were extracted and grouped into categories to generate synthesised findings.
Findings: Four papers (69 participants) were included. Three synthesised findings were developed: The first 24 hours; Impact and effect on quality of life; and Reducing the risk. Following TIA diagnosis, patients may experience persistent anxiety and fatigue, and many patients do not understand the importance of secondary prevention.
Conclusion: There is a lack of awareness of TIA symptoms and of the importance of seeking immediate help and engaging with secondary prevention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S14-S25
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Issue numberSup5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • TIA
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Qualitative review
  • Transient Ischemic Attack


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