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Asset Literacy Following Stroke: Implications for Disaster Resilience

  • Tracey L. O’Sullivan (a1) (a2), Christine Fahim (a3) and Elizabeth Gagnon (a2)



The World Stroke Organization “1 in 6” campaign aims to raise awareness that 1 in 6 persons will experience a stroke during their lifetime. With aging populations and improved survival rates, an increased number of survivors live with functional limitations and require supportive care. This has important implications for implementing an all-of-society approach to disaster risk reduction. In this study, we explore the assets that stroke survivors and caregivers consider useful in supporting their capacity to manage routine activities and independent living and to respond to a disaster.


Transcripts from interviews with stroke survivors and caregivers were analyzed by use of content analysis.


Assets were categorized into 4 classes: social, physical, energy, and personal characteristics and are presented as a household map. Emergent themes suggested that understanding how to mobilize assets is complicated yet essential for building resilience. Household resilience requires people have self-efficacy and motivation to move from awareness to action. The findings informed development of a conceptual model of asset literacy and household resilience following stroke.


Interventions to enhance asset literacy can support an all-of-society approach to disaster risk reduction through awareness, empowerment, participation, innovation, and engagement. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2018; 12: 312–320)


Corresponding author

Correspondence and reprint requests to Tracey O’Sullivan, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, 25 University Pvt, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5 (email:


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Asset Literacy Following Stroke: Implications for Disaster Resilience

  • Tracey L. O’Sullivan (a1) (a2), Christine Fahim (a3) and Elizabeth Gagnon (a2)


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