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The quality of life of older people with epilepsy: findings from a UK community study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ann Jacoby, Dr Deborah Buck, Pauline Potts


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The impact of epilepsy on the quality of life of older people with epilepsy has rarely been investigated. As part of a large prevalence study of epilepsy conducted in one UK Health Region, we investigated the burden of their condition in older compared with younger people. A second analysis compared quality of life in those men and women diagnosed after the age of retirement from the workforce compared with those diagnosed before that age. Data were collected from men and women with epilepsy and from their primary and secondary care physicians. There were few differences between older and younger people with regard to their reported quality of life, though younger people were more likely to report feeling stigmatized by their condition. Older people with epilepsy diagnosed in later life were more anxious and depressed than those diagnosed earlier and their overall perception of quality of life was more likely to be negative. Our data emphasize that older people do not necessarily experience poorer quality of life than younger people, but those first diagnosed in later life do appear to have a quality of life which is more impaired. Consideration should be paid to the important psychosocial consequences of epilepsy in the older person. (C) 2001 BEA Trading Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Baker GA, Jacoby A, Buck D, Brooks J, Potts P, Chadwick DW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy

Year: 2001

Volume: 10

Issue: 2

Pages: 92-99

ISSN (print): 1059-1311

ISSN (electronic): 1532-2688

Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


DOI: 10.1053/seiz.2000.0465


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