Teleconference-based education of epileptic seizure semiology

Yosuke Kakisaka, Kazutaka Jin, Mayu Fujikawa, Yu Kitazawa, Nobukazu Nakasato

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Abstract

Background: To evaluate whether a teleconference-based lecture provides similar understanding of seizure semiology to a face-to-face lecture for physicians. Methods: Subjects were 66 physicians consisting of adult and pediatric neurologists, neurosurgeons, psychiatrists, and general practitioners. All attended the 30-minute lecture to introduce various types of seizure semiology using video-clips by one of the authors (Yo.K.) and then joined the comprehensive case conference which discussed three cases in 1.5 h. Group A received the lecture and conference using a teleconference system (N = 43) and Group B attended in person (N = 23) for geographical reasons. After the conference, 32 subjects (23 in Group A and nine in Group B) scored their own post-lecture understanding of seizure semiology using the four-point Likert scale from 1 (not at all) to 4 (very well) as well as the estimated pre-lecture score. Data was analyzed to assess whether their understanding was improved after the lecture. Results: No significant difference was found in improvement of understanding after the lecture between Group A (43%) and Group B (22%; p = 0.42). Pre-lecture score of subjects with improved understanding was significantly lower (2.3 +/- 0.2) than those without improvement (3.7 +/- 0.1) (p < 0.05). Significance: Teleconference-based lectures can be a useful tool to educate seizure semiology for physicians, especially at the inexperienced level, by overcoming geographical limitations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
JournalEpilepsy Research
Volume145
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Sep

Keywords

  • Epilepsy
  • Tele-education
  • Teleconference system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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