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Quality of life trajectories in epilepsy: A review of the literature

Jacoby, Ann and Baker, Gus (2008) Quality of life trajectories in epilepsy: A review of the literature. Epilepsy & Behavior, 12 (4). pp. 557-571. ISSN 1525-5050

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Abstract

The potential psychosocial sequelae of epilepsy are well-documented, but it cannot be assumed that trajectories for quality of life (QOL) of people with epilepsy will inevitably follow its clinical course. In this paper, we draw on available literature to suggest likely QOL trajectories associated with epilepsy and the broad range of disease-, patient- and other-focussed factors that appear important in determining them. We conclude that both the likely shape and timeframe for QOL trajectories associated with particular clinical scenarios can be delineated; but that their shape can be altered by a much wider range of factors than those represented as epilepsy disease progression. We identify contributory factors currently relatively unexplored and highlight implications for treatment and areas for future research.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Available online 26 December 2007. Issue: May 2008.
Uncontrolled Keywords:quality of life; adults; trajectory; clinical course; new-onset seizures; surgery; remission; intractability
Subjects:R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments, Research Centres and Related Units:Academic Faculties, Institutes and Research Centres > Faculty of Medicine > School of Clinical Sciences
Academic Faculties, Institutes and Research Centres > Faculty of Medicine > School of Population, Community & Behavioural Sciences
DOI:10.1016/j.yebeh.2007.11.013
Refereed:Yes
Status:Published
ID Code:458
Deposited On:09 Apr 2008 10:17
Last Modified:20 Nov 2012 16:03

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