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KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE AMONG PARENTS TOWARDS CHILDREN WITH EPILEPSY

Dr. Dwajani S.*, Krithika S., Meghana K. S. and Dr. Adarsh E.

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Parent’s attitude towards their children with epilepsy can be influenced by their knowledge on disease. Myths and misconceptions associated with disease should be identified for optimally care in children with epilepsy. We aimed to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice of parents towards children with epilepsy using a questionnaire and to educate parents, the correct practice involved about disease and its management. We conducted study on 150 parents whose child had seizures and attended department of paediatrics. Specially designed questionnaire was used, the questions were asked to the parent of child with epilepsy. Questionnaire included 3 parts knowledge, attitude and practice. Of the total 150 interviewed, 60% were mothers. Majority of them had not heard about epilepsy, until their child was diagnosed with the disease. Majority of parents believed that epilepsy is not a hereditary disease. They believed that their child inspite of childhood epilepsy can achieve a lot in future and lead independent life. While majority said they donot discriminate the affected child between his/her siblings. They believed that medication adherence and compliance is very important in controlling the seizures. Majority said that they follow age old myth associated during the seizure i.e., giving keys or iron material in the hand, while only 35.3% of parents said that they seek immediate medical attention. The knowledge, attitude and the practices among parents of children with epilepsy is not adequate and need improvements. In order to improve the quality of life of the children and their families’ proper awareness, guidance and educational programmes are necessary.

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