Knowledge about epilepsy among health professionals: a cross-sectional survey in São Paulo, Brazil

Knowledge about epilepsy among health professionals: a cross-sectional survey in São Paulo, Brazil

Author Vancini, Rodrigo Luiz Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Benedito-Silva, Ana Amelia Google Scholar
Sousa, Bolivar Saldanha Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Silva, Sergio Gomes da Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Souza-Vancini, Maria Iones Google Scholar
Vancini-Campanharo, Cassia Regina Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Cabral, Francisco Romero Google Scholar
Lima, Cristiano de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Barbosa de Lira, Claudio Andre Google Scholar
Institution Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Inst Israelita Ensino & Pesquisa Albert Einstein
Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG)
Abstract Objective: To evaluate the epilepsy knowledge among health professionals in São Paulo, Brazil.Design: This is a cross-sectional study.Participants: Professionals with academic degrees in physical education (n=134), nutrition (n=116), medicine (n=100), psychology (n=53), nursing (n=122) and physiotherapy (n=99) who lived in São Paulo City, Brazil.Primary and secondary outcome measures: Knowledge of health professionals about epilepsy.Methods: Professionals with academic degrees in physical education (n=134), nutrition (n=116), medicine (n=100), psychology (n=53), nursing (n=122) and physiotherapy (n=99) who lived in São Paulo City, Brazil, were invited to participate in the study. the subjects (n=624) answered a questionnaire composed of 25 simple closed-ended questions from three areas: personal, educational and knowledge.Results: Out of all subjects, 88.5% (n=552) had a postgraduate education, while 11.5% (n=72) had only an undergraduate degree. the authors found that physical educators, nutritionists and physiotherapists received lower scores on their epilepsy knowledge than other health professionals.Conclusions: Health professionals are considered better-educated group inside the society, especially with regards to healthcare issues. Thus, it is important they also have an accurate and correct knowledge about epilepsy. the findings of the present study indicate an imperative improvement in education about epilepsy, as well as an inclusion of formal programmes for epilepsy education especially for non-medical professionals. An improvement in epilepsy education might contribute to an improvement in epilepsy care and management.
Language English
Sponsor Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Date 2012-01-01
Published in Bmj Open. London: Bmj Publishing Group, v. 2, n. 2, 6 p., 2012.
ISSN 2044-6055 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Bmj Publishing Group
Extent 6
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2012-000919
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000315042100089
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/34359

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