Epilepsy knowledge, awareness, and attitudes among pharmacy students in a private university in Lebanon: A cross-sectional study

Authors

  • Samar Younes School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon
  • Mohamad Rahal School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon
  • Dalal Hammoudi Halat School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon
  • Mohamed Hendaus School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon
  • Jihan Safwan School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Nisreen Mourad School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.484491

Keywords:

Attitude, Awareness, Epilepsy, Knowledge, Pharmacy education, Pharmacy student

Abstract

Introduction: This study aimed to determine the knowledge, awareness, and attitudes regarding epilepsy among undergraduate pharmacy students in a Lebanese private university.   

Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted through a web-based questionnaire that was sent to 251 pharmacy students. Data related to demographic characteristics and understanding of epilepsy were collected.   

Results: Around 58% of the students completed the questionnaire, with a mean age of 20.5 years and the majority being females (80%). Most students believed that the origin of epilepsy is neurological (93%). About 47% were aware of the types of seizures. Lectures were the most relevant source of information (64%). The majority of respondents (97%) knew that treatment of epilepsy is mainly by using medications.   

Conclusion: This study reflected a satisfactory level of awareness and knowledge of epilepsy among undergraduate pharmacy students, however, there is a need to improve certain aspects of understanding of epilepsy.

Author Biographies

Samar Younes, School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Mohamad Rahal, School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dalal Hammoudi Halat, School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Mohamed Hendaus, School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon

Department of Pharmacy Practice

Jihan Safwan, School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Beirut, Lebanon

Department of Biomedical Sciences

Nisreen Mourad, School of Pharmacy, Lebanese International University, Bekaa, Lebanon

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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2022-05-28

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Younes, S., Rahal, M., Hammoudi Halat, D., Hendaus, M., Safwan, J., & Mourad, N. (2022). Epilepsy knowledge, awareness, and attitudes among pharmacy students in a private university in Lebanon: A cross-sectional study. Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 484–491. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.484491

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