Health concerns predicts poor quality of life in well-controlled epilepsy

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Purpose: Most studies of quality of life (QOL) in seizure-free epilepsy patients suggest normal or near-normal function. Previous studies on QOL in well-controlled epilepsy have not investigated determinants for QOL from a database that includes a wide range of health related and epilepsy related variables, as well as demographical data, neuropsychological data, data from a comprehensive personality inventory and results from a QOL-questionnaire. Thus, the aim of this study was to analyze predictors of QOL based on such a range of variables. Methods: Adults with epilepsy on antiepileptic (AED) monotherapy and without epileptic seizures for at least 2 years (n = 158) were assessed with the QOLIE-89. Results: The main findings were that QOL in well-controlled epilepsy patients was in the normal range and that presence of substantial health related concerns was a significant predictor of poor QOL. Discussion: The findings that substantial health concerns predict poor QOL may have clinical implications, as seizure-free epilepsy is a relatively benign condition, and careful information and counselling about this may alleviate health concerns and improve quality of life. © 2009 British Epilepsy Association.




Hessen, E., Lossius, M. I., & Gjerstad, L. (2009). Health concerns predicts poor quality of life in well-controlled epilepsy. Seizure, 18(7), 487–491.

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