Knowledge and attitudes toward epilepsy among Malaysian Chinese

Hasan, Syed Shahzad and Wei, Wayne W. G. and Ahmadi, Keivan and Ahmed, Syed Imran and Yong, Alen K. S. and Anwar, Mudassir (2010) Knowledge and attitudes toward epilepsy among Malaysian Chinese. International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine and Public Health, 2 (11). pp. 361-376. ISSN 1840-4529

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Abstract

Background: Epileptics are often socially discriminated due to the negative public
attitudes, misconceptions and false beliefs. Thus, the main objective of this study was
to assess the knowledge and attitudes toward epilepsy among Malaysian Chinese.
Methods: A cross-sectional study by using a 23-item validated, self-administered
questionnaire was carried out in urban areas, selected through stratified sampling. A
Chinese population was randomly selected in the stratified areas of Penang, Ipoh,
Klang valley, and Kuala Lumpur and was asked to complete the questionnaire.
Results: Among 382 (74.6%) respondents, 16.2% believed that epilepsy is a type of
mental illness. Majority (90.8%) accepted that epileptics can become useful members
of the society however, only 16% agreed to marry them. About 57% of respondents
recognised epilepsy as nervous system problem. Significant relationships between
education level and statements such as, epileptics are as intelligent as everyone else
(p=0.009), epilepsy can be successfully treated with drugs (p=0.037) and epileptics
can be successful in their chosen career (p=0.009), were found.
Conclusions: The general Chinese population in the selected areas of peninsular
Malaysia had relatively good knowledge and positive attitudes toward certain aspects
of epilepsy at the time of the investigation. However, minority of the study
participants demonstrated prejudice and discriminatory behaviour towards people
with epilepsy.

Additional Information:International Journal of Collaborative Research on Internal Medicine & Public Health (IJCRIMPH) is an Open Access Peer-reviewed Online Journal and an interdisciplinary publication for the collaborative discussion and debate on international Internal Medicine and Public Health issues. (publisher's website)
Keywords:Epilepsy, understanding, attitudes, urban areas, Chinese population
Subjects:L Social studies > L900 Others in Social studies
Divisions:College of Science > School of Pharmacy
ID Code:20175
Deposited On:03 Feb 2016 16:13

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