Development of the Adult Epilepsy Self-Management Measurement Instrument (AESMMI)

Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Sep;50:172-83. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2015.07.025. Epub 2015 Aug 21.


Epilepsy self-management is the total sum of steps that people perform to maximize seizure control, to minimize the impact of having a seizure disorder, and to maximize quality of life. As part of a phased approach to instrument development, we conducted descriptive analyses of data from epilepsy self-management items covering 10 domains of self-management gathered from 422 adults with epilepsy from multiple study sites. Participants most frequently reported performing sets of behaviors related to managing treatment and stigma, information seeking, managing symptoms, and communicating with providers. Behaviors reported with lower frequency were related to seeking social support and engaging in wellness behaviors. Significant differences for the domains were found for income, gender, and education levels but not for other different demographic variables. A subsequent analytic phase, reported in a companion article, will use factor analysis to identify and validate the subscale structure of the domains.

Keywords: Adherence; Behavioral measurement; Epilepsy self-management; Seizure disorder.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Disease Management*
  • Epilepsy / psychology*
  • Epilepsy / therapy*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Self Care / methods
  • Self Care / psychology*
  • Self Care / trends*
  • Social Stigma
  • Social Support
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult