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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 3029-3033

Effect of habits, traditions, and beliefs on seizure diagnosis and provide first aid in Taif city, KSA

1 Emergency Medicine Department, Taif University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2 Administration of Public Health, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 Medical Student, Taif University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4 Medical Intern, Taif University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ghaida H Alotaibi
Medical Student, Taif University; Almathnah Street, Taif City
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_126_21

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Aim: To determine the effect of habits, traditions, and beliefs on seizure diagnosis and provide first aid in Taif city, KSA. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 297 participants from Taif, KSA. An Arabic self-administrated electronic questionnaire was used that included different parts to collect the information from participants; characters, previous history of seizures, habits, beliefs and traditions about the seizures and first aid. Results: Most of the participants had an average level of knowledge by 20.88, 47.14 and 31.99% of the participants had a poor, average and good level of knowledge about seizures and epilepsy. 70.0% of our participants knew that seizure is a symptom associated with many diseases; 40.7% knew that hypoglycemia can cause a seizure, while 37 and 32.3% did not know seizure treatment and whether Hijama and Cupping therapy were enough to treat seizure; 26.9 and 35.4% of the participants responded by neither putting something hard on the patient's mouth nor opening the patient's mouth by force to protect him from swallowing his tongue, respectively. Only 17.2% agreed on not calling the ambulance for all seizure cases. Participants aged between 20 and 29 and single had a significant higher percent of good knowledge with no significant association between gender, income and educational level and the participant's level of knowledge. Conclusion: There is a lack of knowledge and misconceptions about aspects related to seizures among the studied participants. It is recommended to raise awareness and correct false misconceptions about providing first aid to seizure patients.

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