Adults with learning disabilities and epilepsy: knowledge about epilepsy before and after an educational package

Seizure. 2001 Oct;10(7):492-9. doi: 10.1053/seiz.2001.0537.


The understanding individuals have about their epilepsy may influence the success with which that individual copes with his/her epilepsy. This paper presents the first evaluation of a video-assisted brief educational package for adults with mild learning disabilities and epilepsy ("Epilepsy and You"; Paul, 1996 21). Utilizing a deferred entry to treatment design to evaluate intervention effects eighteen subjects participated in the study. Their knowledge about epilepsy before and after training was assessed using a checklist of knowledge and the Epilepsy Knowledge Questionnaire-Revised for use with people with learning disabilities. Results demonstrated significant gains in knowledge which were durable over a short follow-up period (1 month). "Epilepsy and You" was found to be suitable for use with a wide range of individuals and subjects' opinions demonstrated they enjoyed taking part. This study is a preliminary investigation from which other research can develop. Therefore, criticisms and suggestions for further research have been made.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Epilepsy / complications*
  • Epilepsy / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Learning Disabilities / complications*
  • Learning Disabilities / diagnosis
  • Learning Disabilities / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Teaching*
  • Time Factors