Infectious Diseases

Parental Awareness of MIS-C: Survey reveals gaps in knowledge

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A nationally representative survey conducted in the United States found significant lack of parental awareness regarding multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a severe complication that can arise following a SARS-CoV-2 infection.

The study highlights demographic factors associated with varying levels of awareness, emphasizing the need for targeted education efforts to increase parental understanding of MIS-C.

The survey garnered responses from 3230 out of 5034 participants, with only 32% of respondents reported having heard of MIS-C.

The study also identified several demographic variables associated with MIS-C awareness. Higher levels of education, specifically holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, were linked to increased awareness, as were respondents who identified as healthcare workers. Having a child with a chronic medical condition also correlated with heightened awareness. Moreover, those who had experienced more severe cases of COVID-19 themselves were more likely to be aware of MIS-C.

Certain demographics were associated with lower awareness levels. Respondents with children between the ages of 12 and 17 were less likely to be aware of MIS-C compared to those without, as were male respondents and those aged 18-34 years in comparison to respondents aged 35-44 years.

Importantly, awareness of MIS-C was linked to higher perceived severity and susceptibility of COVID-19. Those who were aware of MIS-C were more likely to recognize the severity and susceptibility of the disease.

Cole LD, Hammershaimb EA, Liang Y, et al. Awareness of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Among US Parents: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2023;10(10):ofad476. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofad476. PMID: 37795505; PMCID: PMC10546954.