THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DEMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF EPILEPTIC PATIENTS AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE
This is a descriptive correlation study was applied in out-patient of Ibn-Sina Teaching hospital in City of Mosul-Iraq, to determine the quality of life of epileptic patients. 111 patients with at least one epileptic episode in their lifetime, were evaluated with weighted self-report questionnaire QOLIE-89. Of the participants, the majority were women (59.5%), had completed secondary education (56.8%) and 46% of them were housewife. The most common type of seizures recorded were simple focal seizures, with a rate of 59.5%. It was found to have a high score on all subscales of the QOLIE-89 questionnaire, which indicates the existence of a high quality of life, while a positive significant the subscales were correlated with each other. In addition, their individual characteristics were not significantly related to overall quality of life. Finally, no significant effect of some characteristics, individual or those related to their medical history on the overall quality of life was found (p> 0.05). The quality of life of epilepsy patients was found to be high, while it is not related or influenced by their characteristics, their individual or those of their medical history. These findings, however, promote the effort to improve the management of these individuals through a better understanding of the degree of satisfaction of their lives by clinicians and for this reason it is proposed to conduct further studies on the subject.
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