Knowledge of epilepsy and preferred sources of information among elementary school teachers

Jared Mott, Renée A. Shellhaas, Sucheta M. Joshi

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We conducted an online survey of elementary school teachers in Washtenaw County, Michigan, regarding their confidence in their knowledge of epilepsy and their preferred media or sources of information about epilepsy. Eighty-three teachers (9.3%) responded. One quarter expressed a lack of confidence in their ability to teach students with epilepsy or to respond appropriately to a seizure. Teachers most frequently (68%) cited the Internet as their primary source of information about epilepsy, with the school nurse and parents/guardians also frequently mentioned (55% and 48%, respectively). In contrast, most respondents prefer that their information come from the school nurse (74%) or a physician (73%), while only 25% cited the Internet as a preferred source. Teachers most frequently indicated (70.5%) as a trusted source of information. Future collaborative education efforts between school nurses and physicians, especially through use of the Internet, could improve teachers' knowledge of epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-741
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013


  • epilepsy
  • Internet health information
  • primary school teachers
  • seizures


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