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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 2394-2399

Knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of students of health-related science colleges towards epilepsy in Taif, Saudi Arabia


1 Clinical Pharmacy Department, College of Pharmacy, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia; Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt
2 Pharm D, College of Pharmacy, Taif University, Taif, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Kabel
Department of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Taif University, Al-Haweiah, P.O. Box 888, Zip Code 21974

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_299_20

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Background: Epilepsy is one of the most common disorders that may be associated with negative attitudes among general populations. This may be due to poor public awareness and knowledge toward epilepsy. Aim: To assess knowledge, perceptions and attitudes of students of health-related science colleges toward epilepsy in Taif. Methods: This study was conducted in three health-related science colleges in Taif University. A questionnaire was distributed to students of these colleges. Results: More than 80% of the participants have heard or read about epilepsy. About half of them had witnessed a seizure attack. More than three quarters of the participants thought that epilepsy is a neurological disease. In total 97% of the participants stated that convulsions are the main manifestations of epilepsy. In total 77.7% of the participants selected the medical treatment and follow-up as the most effective treatment of epilepsy. More than three quarters of the participants agreed with that epileptic woman can get married and have children. About 90% agreed to work with epileptic persons and become a close friend of them. About half of the participants believed that the equal job opportunity for epileptic and normal persons should be practiced. Conclusion: The knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes of students of health-related science colleges toward epilepsy in Taif were acceptable regarding to this study. However, the negative attitudes and misconceptions still exist. Further studies are needed to determine methods of overcoming these negative attitudes and misconceptions.


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