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J Child Neurol. 2005 Nov;20(11):905-10.

Where do families of children with epilepsy obtain their information?

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Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary, AB, Canada.

Abstract

A structured interview of 84 families of children with epilepsy followed through the neurology clinic of a tertiary care children's hospital was conducted to assess the epilepsy-specific information sources accessed and the perceived accuracy of these sources. Families accessed a mean of 3.5 sources from or specifically recommended by the clinic or family doctor and 4.1 sources outside these areas. Families of children with intractable epilepsy and higher-educated parents, but not those of higher socioeconomic status, consulted more extensively. The perceived accuracy of information rated highest for clinic-recommended Internet sites (100%), the clinic nurse (97%), and the neurologist (93%). Sources external to the clinic had variable ratings; those with the greatest perceived accuracy included other Internet sites or family members within the medical profession (85% for both) and lay organizations (84%). Friends within the medical profession, other families, and complementary health care providers also ranked highly. Recommendation of sites and books by epilepsy clinics is more helpful than general handouts.

PMID:
16417861
DOI:
10.1177/08830738050200110801
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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