An educational campaign toward epilepsy among Italian primary school teachers. 1. Survey on knowledge and attitudes.

Oriano Mecarelli, Paolo Messina, Giuseppe Capovilla, Roberto Michelucci, Antonino Romeo, Ettore Beghi, Roberto De Simone, Simona Lucibello, Alessandra Ferrari, Marilena Vecchi, Luca de Palma, Fabrizio Monti, Edoardo Ferlazzo, Sara Gasparini, Daniela Passarelli, Monica Lodi, Elisabetta Cesaroni, Giuseppe Stranci, Maurizio Elia, Sauro SeveriChiara Pizzanelli, Harald Ausserer, Benedetto Dordi, Elisa Montalenti, Ilaria Pieri, Dante Galeone, Michele Germano, Teresa Cantisani, Susanna Casellato, Dario Pruna

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A questionnaire survey was undertaken to assess the impact of a nationwide educational campaign about epilepsy on the knowledge and attitudes toward the disease among Italian primary school teachers. Five hundred and eighty-two teachers participated. All interviewees were aware of the existence of epilepsy, and most of them had direct experience with the disease. Answers about frequency, causes, outcome, and response to treatments were variable and not correlated with age, residency, and years of experience. Teachers had positive attitudes toward epilepsy, except for the idea that driving and sports can be safe for people with epilepsy. Epilepsy and its treatment were considered a source of learning disability and social disadvantages. Several teachers declared themselves being unable to help a child having seizures. Calling an ambulance was a frequent action. Knowledge and attitudes toward epilepsy are improved compared with those reported in our previous studies. Although this may be a positive reflection of the increasing knowledge and the greater availability of information on epilepsy, there are still areas of uncertainty and incorrect behaviors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-91
Number of pages8
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


  • Attitudes
  • Epilepsy
  • Knowledge
  • School
  • Teachers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neurology
  • Medicine(all)


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