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Vol. 53, No. 1, 2005, pp. 46-50
Bioline Code: ni05011
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Neurology India, Vol. 53, No. 1, 2005, pp. 46-50
© Copyright 2005 Neurology India.
Frequent seizures and polytherapy can impair quality of life in persons with epilepsy|
Thomas SanjeevV, Koshy Samuel, Sudhakaran Nair CR, Sarma SankaraP
Careful evaluation of pharmacotherapy, seizure control and quality of life (QOL) are helpful in improving epilepsy care but such data are relatively meager from developing countries.
To audit pharmacotherapy, seizure control and QOL in persons with epilepsy and to identify factors associated with impaired QOL.
SETTINGS AND DESIGN AND MATERIALS AND METHODS:
The study was carried out using a cross-sectional design in the setting of a tertiary care epilepsy center in India. Persons with epilepsy with >12 months follow-up at this Center and aged >16 years were eligible for enrollment. Persons with other disabilities or pregnancy were excluded. Subjects were interviewed with a standard questionnaire and an adapted version of Quality of Life in Epilepsy - 31 (QOLIE-31). Data pertaining to treatment at the time of referral to this center was extracted from medical records.
STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED:
Chi-square test, analysis of variance and multiple regression analysis were carried out for statistical significance.
One hundred and twelve patients with epilepsy (59 males, mean age 31.2±10.7 years) were included. Forty-seven (42%) persons had Generalized Epilepsy (GE) and 65 persons (58%) had Localization-Related Epilepsy (LRE). At entry 24 persons (21.4%) were not on treatment and 59 persons (64.8%) had frequent seizures. At last follow-up 64 persons (57.1%) were seizure-free, 83 persons (74.1%) were on monotherapy and 29 were (25.9%) on polytherapy. Cost of drug at entry was INR 2276 (monotherapy) and INR 3629 (polytherapy) (45 INR = 1 USD). At the time of last follow-up, it was 1898 and 4929 respectively. QOLIE-31 Total Score (TQOL) ranged from 22.6 to 94.4 (mean 68.0 ± 15.8). Multiple regression analysis showed significant correlation between low TQOL score and polytherapy (P=0.002) and occurrence of one or more seizures per month (P=0.001).
Frequent seizures and polytherapy are associated with lower QOL in persons with epilepsy.
Quality of life, cost, pharmacotherapy, seizure control
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