Evaluating decision-making in patients with epilepsy
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences Undergraduate Research Theses; 2012
Experience has demonstrated that when epilepsy patients are given advice about changes to their drug regimen, a portion follow it. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to determine why epilepsy patients do or do not follow suggested advice to change their drug therapy. Four weeks after their clinic visit, 100 patients were sent a survey asking them about the prescriber-recommended drug regimen changes, whether they followed the advice, and the main reasons. Fifty-one responses were received. Nearly all (48/51, 94%) reported that they did follow the suggested advice for changes in their drug regimen. Their reasons included the desire to have less seizures (46%), less side effects (17%) and “I trust my practitioner” (26%). Beyond the desire to have less seizures & side effects, patients report “being heard by” & “trust in” their epilepsy specialist as having great influence on their decision making regarding changes to their drug therapy.
College of Pharmacy Undergraduate Research Day Award-First Place
Related Item:Academic Major: Pharmaceutical Sciences
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