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Table 3 Distribution of Knowledge and Attitude related variables towards Epilepsy among rural residents, in Gedeo zone 2019 (n = 732)

From: Knowledge and attitude towards epilepsy among rural residents in southern Ethiopia: a cross-sectional study

Variables Categories Frequency Percent (%)
Have information about epilepsy Yes 534 73.0
No 198 27.0
Source of information Health professionals 150 20.5
Media 90 12.3
Friends 274 37.4
Others 35 4.8
Live with Epileptic patient Yes 49 6.7
No 683 93.3
Witnessing seizure Yes 154 21.0
No 578 79.0
Perceiving epilepsy as punishment for sin Yes 274 37.4
No 458 62.6
Perceiving Substance is a cause for epilepsy Yes 82 11.2
No 650 88.8
Head injury as cause of epilepsy Yes 212 29.0
No 520 71.0
Convulsion as a symptoms of epilepsy Yes 592 80.9
No 140 19.1
Loss of consciousness as symptom of epilepsy Yes 407 55.6
No 325 44.4
Others as symptoms of epilepsy k Yes 34 4.6
No 698 95.4
Attitude towards epilepsy favorable attitude 354 48.4
unfavorable attitude 378 51.6
I can marry epileptic patients Agree 148 20.2
Disagree 584 78.8
Epilepsy is curable agree 488 66.7
disagree 224 33.3
I can be a neighbor with epileptic patients Agree 569 77.7
Disagree 163 22.3
I can Employ epileptics patients Agree 466 63.4
Disagree 268 36.6
  1. k- Unknown and irritability