Original Article

IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1195-1201

Knowledge and practice of the population toward epilepsy in children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Rahma Mazen Bazhair, Adel Ali Alhazmi, Osamah Hani Abualross, Jumanah Hamed H Alharbi, Ahmed Omar Bahawi, Mahdi Kanjo, Layan Arafah.

ABSTRACT

Background: Epilepsy is characterized by unprovoked episodes of convulsive attacks generated as a result of excessive electrical discharges that promote abnormal brain cortical activity. This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge and practice toward epilepsy in children among public residents in Jeddah city, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in 2020. Methodology: A cross-sectional study was carried out between June and September 2020 in Jeddah, KSA. An online questionnaire was distributed through social media. All individuals who lived in Jeddah and aged 18 years and above were included; the only exclusion criterion was diagnosis of epilepsy. Results: A total of 1,319 responses were analyzed. Of all, 75.3% were females and 24.7% were males. The participants' ages ranged from 18 to 75 years, with an average age of 35.3 12.4 years. The majority (85.9%) of the participants believed epilepsy could affect children. An association was found between direct experience with epileptic patients and putting an object in the epileptic patient's mouth during an episode. Around 66.2% of the participants who had experience with epilepsy patients agreed to put an object between the teeth (p-value < 0.001). Almost 45.4% of the participants declared that religious methods could treat epilepsy. There was a significant association between religious methods' treatment and age group (p-value = 0.001). Conclusion: Knowledge and practices are improving, although wrong beliefs about epilepsy still exist. Wrong practice could delay proper medical treatment, which subsequently might lead to undesired complications.

Keywords:
Jeddah, knowledge, practice, epilepsy, children.


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Knowledge and practice of the population toward epilepsy in children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Authors
Rahma Mazen Bazhair
Medical student, Fakeeh College for Medical Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Adel Ali Alhazmi
Medical student, College of Medicine, Umm Al Qura University, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Osamah Hani Abualross
Medical student, College of Medicine, University of Jeddah, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Jumanah Hamed H Alharbi
Medical student, College of Medicine, Ibn Sina National College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Ahmed Omar Bahawi
Medical student, College of Medicine, Ibn Sina National College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Mahdi Kanjo
Neurology Consultant, Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Layan Arafah
Medical student, Fakeeh College for Medical Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Rahma Mazen Bazhair, Medical student, Fakeeh College for Medical Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.; rahma.baz@icloud.com

Publication history
Received 31 Mar 2021
Accepted 15 Apr 2021
Published online 24 Apr 2021
Published in print 06 Jun 2021

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Bazhair RM, Alhazmi AA, Abualross OH, Alharbi JHH, Bahawi AO, Kanjo M, Arafah L. Knowledge and practice of the population toward epilepsy in children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1195-1201. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1617136063


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Bazhair RM, Alhazmi AA, Abualross OH, Alharbi JHH, Bahawi AO, Kanjo M, Arafah L. Knowledge and practice of the population toward epilepsy in children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=69152 [Access: July 25, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1617136063


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Bazhair RM, Alhazmi AA, Abualross OH, Alharbi JHH, Bahawi AO, Kanjo M, Arafah L. Knowledge and practice of the population toward epilepsy in children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(5): 1195-1201. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1617136063


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Bazhair RM, Alhazmi AA, Abualross OH, Alharbi JHH, Bahawi AO, Kanjo M, Arafah L. Knowledge and practice of the population toward epilepsy in children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2021), [cited July 25, 2021]; 5(5): 1195-1201. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1617136063


Harvard Style

Bazhair, R. M., Alhazmi, . A. A., Abualross, . O. H., Alharbi, . J. H. H., Bahawi, . A. O., Kanjo, . M. & Arafah, . L. (2021) Knowledge and practice of the population toward epilepsy in children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 5 (5), 1195-1201. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1617136063


Turabian Style

Bazhair, Rahma Mazen, Adel Ali Alhazmi, Osamah Hani Abualross, Jumanah Hamed H Alharbi, Ahmed Omar Bahawi, Mahdi Kanjo, and Layan Arafah. 2021. Knowledge and practice of the population toward epilepsy in children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (5), 1195-1201. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1617136063


Chicago Style

Bazhair, Rahma Mazen, Adel Ali Alhazmi, Osamah Hani Abualross, Jumanah Hamed H Alharbi, Ahmed Omar Bahawi, Mahdi Kanjo, and Layan Arafah. "Knowledge and practice of the population toward epilepsy in children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 1195-1201. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1617136063


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Bazhair, Rahma Mazen, Adel Ali Alhazmi, Osamah Hani Abualross, Jumanah Hamed H Alharbi, Ahmed Omar Bahawi, Mahdi Kanjo, and Layan Arafah. "Knowledge and practice of the population toward epilepsy in children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.5 (2021), 1195-1201. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1617136063


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Bazhair, R. M., Alhazmi, . A. A., Abualross, . O. H., Alharbi, . J. H. H., Bahawi, . A. O., Kanjo, . M. & Arafah, . L. (2021) Knowledge and practice of the population toward epilepsy in children in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (5), 1195-1201. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1617136063


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