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Quality of Life in Pediatric Epilepsy Dependent on Parental Coping

Epilepsy Behav; 2018 Oct; McLaughlin et al.


Health-related quality of life for children with epilepsy appears to be dependent in part on their parents’ ability to cope with the disorder, according to a recent study published in Epilepsy and Behavior.

  • The analysis of 108 children and teens with epilepsy also revealed an association between parental helplessness and poorer quality of life.
  • As expected, the severity of the child’s epilepsy was linked to poorer quality of life as well.
  • These conclusions were based on parents’ responses to the Illness Cognition Questionnaire-Parent (ICQ-P), and the Quality of Life in Childhood Epilepsy questionnaire (QOLCE).
  • ICQ-P evaluates a parent’s ability to cope with disease with the help of constructs of illness cognition.
  • QOLCE helps clinicians evaluates the overall functioning of a child as perceived by parents.

McLaughlin RM, Schraegle WA, Nussbaum NL, et al. Parental coping and its role in predicting health-related quality of life in pediatric epilepsy. [Published online ahead of print August 23, 2018] Epilepsy Behav. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2018.08.009

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