Concerns with AED conversion: Comparison of patient and physician perspectives

Brien J. Smith, Erik K. St. Louis, John M. Stern, Chad Green, Thomas Bramley

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Abstract

When discussing AED conversion in the clinic, both the patient and physician perspectives on the goals and risks of this change are important to consider. To identify patient-reported and clinician-perceived concerns, a panel of epilepsy specialists was questioned about the topics discussed with patients and the clinician's perspective of patient concerns. Findings of a literature review of articles that report patient-expressed concerns regarding their epilepsy and treatment were also reviewed. Results showed that the specialist panel appropriately identified patient-reported concerns of driving ability, medication cost, seizure control, and medication side effects. Additionally, patient-reported concerns of independence, employment issues, social stigma, medication dependence, and undesirable cognitive effects are important to address when considering and initiating AED conversion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-124
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Neuropharmacology
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 12 2009

Keywords

  • Antiepileptic drugs
  • Conversion
  • Epilepsy
  • Patient preferences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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