A systematic review protocol of stigma among children and adolescents with epilepsy.


Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), P.O. Box 1410, Mbarara, Uganda. [Email]


Epilepsy is a neurological condition that is highly prevalent among children and adolescents with 80% of the victims living in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Epilepsy is associated with high levels of both perceived and enacted stigma, which vary geographically and greatly affects the victims' quality of life and self-esteem. High rates of stigma are also a significant barrier to accessing medical care. Perceived and enacted epilepsy-related stigma is associated with various sociodemographic and clinical factors, which vary from place to place. Therefore, this review will determine the prevalence of stigma of epilepsy among children and adolescents and the associated factors worldwide.