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Community-based study of neurological disorders in Ethiopia: development of a screening instrument

Community-based study of neurological disorders in Ethiopia: development of a screening instrument

Ethiopian Medical Journal 28(3): 123-137

This paper describes the development of a screening instrument for a community-based neuroepidemiological survey in a rural community in Ethiopia. A pilot study in 1984 to pre-test the questionnaires developed revealed that epilepsy, poliomyelitis, mental retardation and speech disturbances were the most common neurological disorders among the 3,000 rural inhabitants surveyed. The study suggested that a base-population of about 50,000 was required for a future major epidemiological survey to identify rare neurological disorders.

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