Detailed Description: Though tremendous advances have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with epilepsy, much remains to be done when it comes to improving their psychosocial well-being. Many individuals with epilepsy have difficulty adhering to treatment, documenting their seizure types, coping with memory difficulties, dealing with stress, and suffer from depression. These factors limit the quality of life of epilepsy patients and prevent them from realizing their full potential.
Patients will enroll in one of four interventions that help improve medication adherence, increase seizure awareness and documentation, improve memory and deal with stress and depression. Patient assessments will be conducted before and after intervention to gauge the efficacy of the programs.
The specific aims of this study are to assess the feasibility and patient acceptability of incorporating multidimensional self-management and psychosocial interventions into routine epileptic care, as well as, determine whether these incorporations improve self-management, quality-of-life, and other measures of well-being.
Anticipated Study Start Date: April 9, 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 30, 2020
Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years to 88 Years (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
- Clinical diagnosis of epilepsy using established criteria
- Patient self-identified as own primary caregiver
- English fluency
- Ability to provide informed consent
- Ability to complete the study assessments
- History of non-epileptic seizures
- History of cognitive impairments that prevents them from providing informed consent and completing study assessments