Literature Review

Self-management May Provide Some Relief for Patients with Intellectual Disabilities and Epilepsy

A recent review of the literature suggests such interventions may help educate mentally impaired patients and reduce seizure frequency.


Self-management techniques may help patients with epilepsy and intellectual disabilities suggests a recent review of the medical literature. Michelle Dannenberg and associates found that, while the research on self-management intervention is very limited, 5 high quality pilot and randomized controlled feasibility studies did suggest that such interventions have the potential to improve patients’ knowledge base, reduce the frequency of seizures, and improve their quality of life.

Dannenberg M, Mengoni SE, Gates B et al. Self-management interventions for epilepsy in people with intellectual disabilities: A scoping review. Seizure.2016; 41:16-25.

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