Using a multidisciplinary follow-up program to assist patient adjustment following temporal lobectomy

J Neurosci Nurs. 1989 Oct;21(5):295-304. doi: 10.1097/01376517-198910000-00005.


A follow-up program for patients following temporal lobectomy for seizure control was established in 1983 at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital in response to patients' requests for information and assistance. The purpose of this program was to identify changes requiring adaptation and to offer assistance. Forty patients were contacted monthly by telephone for one year after surgery. They were interviewed by either a nurse or occupational therapist about medical and psychosocial issues. The information, support or referral needed were provided by the nurse, occupational therapist or social worker in consultation with appropriate member(s) of the multidisciplinary team. Problems encountered when beginning a less disabled lifestyle might not have been detected or resolved without active intervention through a multidisciplinary follow-up program.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / psychology
  • Epilepsy, Temporal Lobe / surgery*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Postoperative Complications / psychology
  • Postoperative Complications / therapy*
  • Psychosurgery / psychology*
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Sick Role
  • Social Adjustment
  • Social Support