Evaluation of a tailored epilepsy training program for healthcare providers in Uganda.

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OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated an epilepsy training program for healthcare workers that was designed to improve their knowledge of epilepsy, its treatment, and its psychosocial effects. METHODS: This single group, before and after survey was conducted in three regional referral hospitals in Uganda. Healthcare workers participated in a 3-day epilepsy training program and were assessed immediately prior to and following the program using a 39-item epilepsy knowledge questionnaire. Pretest to posttest changes and acceptability ratings were analyzed. RESULTS: Twenty healthcare workers from each of our three study hospitals (N = 60) participated in the study. The average age of the participants was 39.9 years (SD = 9.6). Female participants constituted 45% of the study population. There was a significant improvement in the knowledge of healthcare workers about epilepsy following the training (t = 7.15, p < 0.001). Improvement was seen across the three sub-scores of general knowledge about epilepsy, assessment and diagnosis of epilepsy, and management of epilepsy. Subgroup analysis showed that both high and low baseline scorers showed significant training gains. CONCLUSIONS: The study suggested that our training program was effective in improving the knowledge of health workers about epilepsy and that participants had favorable impressions of the program. Further work is needed to determine if the knowledge is retained over time and if the change in knowledge translates into a change in clinical practice.

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Cited Authors

  • Arinda, A; Ouma, S; Kalani, K; Ramasubramanian, P; Johnson, T; Charles, A; Newson, C; Ratliff, O; Kakooza-Mwesige, A; Njeru, P; Kaddumukasa, M; Kaddumukasa, M; Kolls, B; Husain, A; Tchapyjnikov, D; Haglund, M; Fuller, A; Prose, N; Koltai, D

Published Date

  • January 2023

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 138 /

Start / End Page

  • 108977 -

PubMed ID

  • 36446268

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1525-5069

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.yebeh.2022.108977


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States