Table 1

Medical health workers’ characteristics and previous experience with epilepsy in Lao PDR (2009)
Nurses Physicians p Total
n = 140 (50.7%) n = 144 (49.3%) n = 284 (%)
Sex (Male) 18 (12.4) 48 (33.3) <0.001 66 (23.2)
Over 10 years in current position 57 (40.7) 68 (47.2) 0.2 125 (44.0)
Number of years in the ward *     1.1 (1.1-1.2)     1.1 (1.1-1.2) 0.5     1.1 (1.1-1.2)
Number of years since graduation*      14.2 (12.7-15.8)      14.4 (12.8-15.9) 0.9      14.3 (13.2-15.4)
Knows a PWE 31 (22.1) 26 (18.1) 0.4 57 (20.1)
Has diagnosed epilepsy 16 (11.4) 58 (40.3) <0.001 74 (26.1)
Has received extra-training in epilepsy 2 (1.4) 5 (3.5) 0.4 7 (2.5)
Has searched information about epilepsy 20 (14.3) 45 (31.3) 0.001 65 (22.9)
Thinks that no AED is available in his/her health facility 69 (49.3) 101 (70.1) <0.001 170 (59.9)
Trusts in AED treatment 59 (42.1) 68 (47.2) 0.4 127 (44.7)

* mean (CI 95%).

PWE = People With Epilepsy, AED = antiepileptic drug.

Harimanana et al.

Harimanana et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:41   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-41

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