Adherence to medicines and self-management of epilepsy: A community-based study

W. Henry Smithson, Debbie Hukins, Janice M. Buelow, Victoria Allgar, Jon Dickson

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Abstract

This community-based survey of people with epilepsy who were divided into adherent and non-adherent groups used validated scales to determine factors associated with medicine non-adherence and self-management of epilepsy to identify those people at risk of poor self-management behavior or medicines non-adherence. Using demographic characteristics, it is possible to identify those people at risk during a regular epilepsy review. Adults with epilepsy were identified from general practices using clinical and drug searches with the diagnosis confirmed by case notes analysis. Four hundred thirty-eight people with epilepsy were divided into adherent and non-adherent groups using medication records and self-report of non-adherent behavior. Data were also collected on patient demographics, seizure activity and self-management behavior. Low self-management scores and recent seizures were associated with non-adherence. Young adults, those in education or employment, those living with others and those who had recent seizures were more likely to have low self-management scores.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

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Keywords

  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy review
  • Family medicine
  • General practice
  • Medicines adherence
  • Medicines non-adherence
  • Self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Smithson, W. H., Hukins, D., Buelow, J. M., Allgar, V., & Dickson, J. (2013). Adherence to medicines and self-management of epilepsy: A community-based study. Epilepsy and Behavior, 26(1), 109-113. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2012.10.021