Dr Awais Nawaz Khan, Dr Suhaib Ali Khan, Dr Bilal Zaib
Introduction: People with epilepsy are socially discriminated because of public attitudes, misunderstandings, and defensive behaviour. Objectives: The main objective of the study is to analyse the knowledge and practices on epilepsy among high school students in Pakistan. Material and methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Ayub medical college, Abbottabad during March 2019 to November 2019. Written consent was obtained from each school and participant. The participating students were given verbal guidance on how to fill out the questionnaire. Students studying in government schools were not included in the survey due to more difficult access when compared to private schools. Results: The data was collected from 100 patients and they completed the questionnaire. There were 30 boys and 70 girls. Very few students (22, 1.6%) had a family history of epilepsy and most of the students (78, 91.3%) did not have a neighbour with a history of epilepsy. The majority of high school students responded correctly to the eight knowledge questions about epilepsy. Most participants knew that epilepsy is neither a contagious disease, nor a hereditary disease (64.7%), nor a mental disease (57.0%). Conclusion: It is concluded that high school students of were familiar with epilepsy but the overall knowledge, beliefs, and practices seem to be inadequate. Although our study results might not be generalizable to all students.