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Patients' understanding of and adjustment to epilepsy: Interim findings from a European survey

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ann Jacoby, Julie Doughty


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The purpose of the study was to discover how much European patients with epilepsy and their carers understand about epilepsy. This article reports the interim results for the first four European countries recruited to the study and includes data collected from 1,920 people with epilepsy and 2,136 carers. Clinical and demographic details and data on understanding of epilepsy were collected using self-completed questionnaires mailed to members of epilepsy support groups. There were no significant differences between people with epilepsy and carers for scores on the Epilepsy Knowledge Questionnaire, although people with epilepsy were more likely to score in the higher ranges. Higher scorers on the questionnaire were more likely to be better educated, to have lower scores on the impact of epilepsy scales, to have higher scores on the adjustment to epilepsy scale, and were less Likely to report feeling stigmatized. The study confirms the findings of previous studies that people with epilepsy are reasonably well informed, although some gaps in their knowledge were evident. A comparison of country differences will be made and multivariate statistical analysis will allow a better understanding of the contribution of knowledge to people's overall adjustment to their condition.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Baker GA, Jacoby A, De Boer H, Doughty J, Myon E, Taieb C

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Epilepsia

Year of Conference: 1999

Pages: S26-S29

ISSN: 0013-9580

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.

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ISBN: 15281167