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Revista chilena de neuro-psiquiatría

versión On-line ISSN 0717-9227

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IVANOVIC-ZUVIC R, Fernando; VALENZUELA R, Verónica; ROSSI M, José Luis  y  MORENO T, Rowena. Psychosocial evaluation of epileptic patients in primary health care. Rev. chil. neuro-psiquiatr. [online]. 2006, vol.44, n.3, pp.187-194. ISSN 0717-9227.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-92272006000300004.

A number of risk factors have been mentioned, in epileptic patients, as determinants of both the development of psychopathological disorders, and the prognosis of the seizure disorders itself. These factors include: age of onset of epilepsy, seizure type, coexistence of more than one type of seizure, secondary effects of anticonvulsants, presence of organic brain damage, hereditary forms of epilepsy, and environmental factors. Psychosocial evaluation may report the level of social adjustment in epileptic patients. In this paper we report the assessment of psychosocial functioning in a group of epileptic patients referred from public primary health care. Patients were assessed using the Washington Psychosocial Seizure Inventory (WPSI), a tool specifically tailored for the evaluation of epileptic patients. The use of WPSI showed that patients attending public primary health care facilities present a wide range of psychosocial disorders, comparable to patients coming from the, also public, Psychiatric Institute of Santiago, and with patients coming from lower class attending the Chilean League Against Epilepsy. No significant differences were found among these groups. Belonging to lower class seems to play an important role in psychosocial functioning in epileptic patients

Palabras clave : Epilepsy; Washington Inventory; psychosocial functioning.

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