Prevalence of Various Myths about Epilepsy among Families of Epileptic Patients in Pakistani Society

  • SADIA NOOR, FAHEEM SAEED, MUHAMMAD ADNAN ASLAM
Keywords: Epilepsy, myths, Pakistan

Abstract

Objective: To assess the knowledge of the families of epileptic patients regarding the disease and to educate them about the treatment options through modern medicine.

Methods: Total 100 families (first-degree relatives) of the epileptic patients were registered in this study during their visit to Neurology OPD from 1st December 2016 to 28 February 2017. Patients who have one episode and pseudo-seizure were excluded from study.

Results: Thirty-two percent of the population believe epilepsy is contagious and is due to black magic. Thirty-nine percent think it is curse of God, while 38% percent think peers (faith healers) can treat patient in a better way than professional doctors. Similarly, 38% think that shoe sniffing will cure the disease while 28% believe in dung sniffing as a cure for the epilepsy.  Total 44% of population believe that patient of epilepsy cannot get education and are infertile therefore cannot get married.

Conclusion: Various myths are prevalent in the Pakistani society therefore; there is a strong need to educate common people, especially the families of the epileptic patients, about the true causes of epilepsy.

Published
2018-11-01
How to Cite
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MUHAMMAD ADNAN ASLAM SNFS. Prevalence of Various Myths about Epilepsy among Families of Epileptic Patients in Pakistani Society. J Fatima Jinnah Med Univ [Internet]. 1Nov.2018 [cited 21Feb.2024];11(1). Available from: https://ojs.jfjmu.com/index.php/ojs/article/view/23