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The Case for an Amharic Term for Stroke

“Ye-Angol Tikat”

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

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: April 2019 - Volume 51 - Issue 2 - p 69–73
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000422

ABSTRACT 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.

Sosena Aseffa, BS, is Pre-Medical Intern, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX.

Sonja Stutzman, PhD, is Clinical Research Manager, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX.

Abulkadir Kamal, BSN, is Staff Nurse, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX.

Dawit Measho, RD, is Registered Dietitian, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Mehari Gebreyohanns, MD FAHA, at He is an Assistant Professor, Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX.

Each of the authors has participated sufficiently and provided intellectual contributions to the article. Each author has read and approved the final version of the article.The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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