Does public attitude change by labeling a person as epileptic, person with epilepsy or the acronym PWE? – A systematic review


Epilepsy is considered a public health priority and carries since ancestral times a high burden of stigmatization [1–3]. Negative perceptions towards the condition could limit patient’s social interaction, schooling, work and may affect their quality of life, leading them to hide their diagnosis in order to protect themselves from the effects of stigma [4,5]. Disease definition and classification based on etiologic, pathophysiologic, diagnostic, therapeutic and prognostic knowledge are helpful in clinical practice, but descriptions usually do not consider personal characteristics like cultural, psychologic, spiritual or social backgrounds [6].


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