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IJMDC. 2020; 4(2): 395-402

Awareness and attitudes toward epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Tahani Alharshan, Fathia Omer Mohamed, Reem Al Harshan.

ABSTRACT

Background: Epilepsy is known to be a common disorder frequently encountered in the Department of Paediatric Neurology. Lack of awareness and inadequate knowledge toward epilepsy among the general population may affect epileptic children's life. The current study was aimed to assess the level of awareness and attitude regarding epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia. Methodology: A descriptive observational study was conducted randomly among 421 participants in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia, for a period from August 2017 to May 2018. Results: Most of the participants disagreed (60.05%) that epilepsy could be a cause of Jinn. However, 25.24 (7.35% completely and 17.89% partially) agreed it could be caused due to Jinn. Also, the majority of the participant 49.75% disagreed that epilepsy could be caused due to evil eye and envy, but 12.25% of participants agreed and 23.28% partially agreed to it. The participants who believed that epilepsy is linked with Jinn or evil eye and envy were significantly dependent on the education level with a p-value of 0.005 and 0.001, respectively. Conclusion: The level of awareness and attitude regarding epilepsy in the Saudi population living in Al-Ahsa was high, but still needs improvement as few misconceptions regarding its etiology has been noticed in the studied population. To raise the level of epilepsy awareness and education among the public, the authors recommend adopting public health programs and campaigns. Those programs and campaigns should include etiology, manifestations, complications, and awareness on how to deal with an epileptic attack, proper management strategies, and the social impact on individuals living with epilepsy.

Keywords:
Epilepsy, awareness; attitudes, neurology, Al Ahsaa


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Awareness and attitudes toward epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Tahani Alharshan
Department of Pediatrics, King Abdulaziz Hospital, Al Ahsaa, Saudi Arabia
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Fathia Omer Mohamed
King Faisal University, Al Ahsaa, Saudi Arabia
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Reem Al Harshan
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Ahsaa, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Reem Al Harshan, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Ahsaa, Saudi Arabia.; reemkhalid95@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 10 Dec 2019
Accepted 22 Dec 2019
Published online 05 Jan 2020

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Alharshan T, Mohamed FO, Harshan RA. Awareness and attitudes toward epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(2): 395-402. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576009677


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Alharshan T, Mohamed FO, Harshan RA. Awareness and attitudes toward epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=77514 [Access: February 18, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576009677


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Alharshan T, Mohamed FO, Harshan RA. Awareness and attitudes toward epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(2): 395-402. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576009677


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Alharshan T, Mohamed FO, Harshan RA. Awareness and attitudes toward epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited February 18, 2020]; 4(2): 395-402. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576009677


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Alharshan, T., Mohamed, . F. O. & Harshan, . R. A. (2020) Awareness and attitudes toward epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (2), 395-402. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576009677


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Alharshan, Tahani, Fathia Omer Mohamed, and Reem Al Harshan. 2020. Awareness and attitudes toward epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (2), 395-402. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576009677


Chicago Style

Alharshan, Tahani, Fathia Omer Mohamed, and Reem Al Harshan. "Awareness and attitudes toward epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 395-402. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576009677


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alharshan, Tahani, Fathia Omer Mohamed, and Reem Al Harshan. "Awareness and attitudes toward epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.2 (2020), 395-402. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576009677


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Alharshan, T., Mohamed, . F. O. & Harshan, . R. A. (2020) Awareness and attitudes toward epilepsy in Al-Ahsa, Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (2), 395-402. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1576009677


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