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Knowledge, attitudes, and care techniques of caregivers of PWE in northeastern Thailand

Knowledge, attitudes, and care techniques of caregivers of PWE in northeastern Thailand

Epilepsy and Behavior 27(1): 257-263

Caregivers of persons with epilepsy (PWEs) in developing countries do not always have access to correct information related to the affliction of the patients they are entrusted to care for. Epilepsy can be difficult to manage for all those involved, whether it is a family member, the PWEs themselves, or the caregiver. Misconceptions are common about epilepsy, especially in undeveloped countries where a majority of the population have lower educational levels. This study aims to acquire baseline data about caregivers of PWEs related to their knowledge, attitudes, and methods of giving care to PWEs. A cross-sectional survey was administered to 83 PWE caregivers at a university epilepsy clinic in northeastern Thailand. The caregivers believed that knowledge about epilepsy was paramount; however, they felt that their own knowledge of the condition was insufficient. Educational level, relationship to the PWEs, and sex were correlated to various aspects related to epilepsy knowledge and attitudes in caregivers. A slight negative correlation was found between caregiver knowledge and attitudes toward epilepsy with Pearson's correlation coefficient (r=-0.38, P-value 0.001). Education and improved epilepsy information need to be provided to the caregivers of PWEs in northeastern Thailand.

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PMID: 23453636

DOI: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2013.01.014

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