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Adherence to treatment in patients with epilepsy: Associations with seizure control and illness beliefs

Jones, R.M., Butler, J.A., Thomas, V.A., Peveler, R.C. and Prevett, M. 2006. Adherence to treatment in patients with epilepsy: Associations with seizure control and illness beliefs. Seizure - European Journal of Epilepsy 15 (7) , pp. 504-508. 10.1016/j.seizure.2006.06.003

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Abstract

Objective: This study investigated non-adherence to antiepileptic drug treatment amongst patients with epilepsy in secondary care. The associations between adherence and seizure control, perceptions of illness and medication, anxiety and depression were also examined. Methods: A cross-sectional study of fifty-four patients with epilepsy were recruited from a hospital epilepsy clinic. Results: Fifty-nine percent were estimated to be non-adherent to medication. There was a negative correlation between adherence and frequency of seizures. Patients with poorly controlled epilepsy were more anxious, and expected a longer duration of their epilepsy. Conclusion: Assessment of adherence should be a routine part of management of epilepsy. Further recognition and support should be given to patients who have poor seizure control since they are more likely to be more anxious and have unhelpful illness and treatment beliefs.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1059-1311
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2015 11:45
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/82076

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