A Survey of Common Misconceptions About Epilepsy

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A questionnaire with 33 statements about epilepsy was administered to 202 individuals using a mall survey. Subjects showed good knowledge about the personal characteristics and everyday activities of persons with epilepsy and treatment of epilepsy, but substantial ignorance was noted regarding causes of epilepsy, events that trigger seizures, and first aid for seizures. Higher rates of misconception endorsement were associated with younger ages, lower education levels, and having the occupational status of student. Clinicians may find it helpful to address these areas when working with persons with epilepsy and their families. Further public education, particularly targeting younger persons also appears warranted.

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