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.