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Developing a Pediatric Epilepsy Self-Management Protocol

Epilepsia; 2018 March; Smith et al.


Pediatric patients with epilepsy would benefit from a comprehensive self-management system that includes several modifiable targets such as adherence, self-sufficiency, attitudes about the disorder, and family variables, according to a review published in Epilepsia.

  • To reach that conclusion, investigators studied English-based literature from 1985 to 2014, concentrating on countries with a very high human development index.
  • They identified 25 studies related to self-management of epilepsy and found that individual and family-focused factors were most often analyzed for their ability to predict successful self-management.
  • Psychosocial care needs and self-efficiency were identified as key factors linked to pediatric epilepsy self-management.
  • Researchers identified adherence, self-efficacy for seizure management, attitudes toward epilepsy, and family variables as skills to concentrate on when developing a self-management model.

Smith G, Modi AC, Johnson EK, et al. Measurement in pediatric epilepsy self-management: a critical review. Epilepsia. 2018;59(3):509-522.

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