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The practical aspects of epilepsy: critical components of comprehensive patient care.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of neuroscience nursing : journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Publication Date
Volume
29
Issue
4
Pages
249–254
Identifiers
PMID: 9307928
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Patients with epilepsy are often exposed to difficult social dilemmas, some of which may be more challenging than the actual seizure. Although all patients with chronic conditions experience social hardships, the epileptic patient may be at greater risk for social difficulties. Due to unjust restrictions and an overall lack of emphasis on psychosocial matters, patients with epilepsy may be wrongfully denied participation in routine activities. These patients may also lack an understanding of appropriate prevention measures related to self injury. Appropriate restrictions for patients with epilepsy include driving and selected extra-curricular activities. The home environment is particularly dangerous for epilepsy patients. Other social issues for epilepsy patients include suicide attempts, employment and alcohol consumption.

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