Health care utilization of patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures

Lois E. Krahn, Michael M. Reese, Teresa A. Rummans, Gerald C. Peterson, Vera J. Suman, Frank W. Sharbrough, Gregory D. Cascino

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Abstract

Medical records were reviewed for 94 consecutive inpatients diagnosed with nonepileptic seizures. A 122-item follow-up questionnaire was returned by 71 patients (76%). The majority of the subjects reported fewer seizures (73%), their general health as 'very good' (20%) or 'good' (37%), and 'improved' quality of life (55%). Many patients had either discontinued (50%) or reduced (17%) use of anticonvulsant medications. The patients most often sought care from primary care providers (46%), followed by psychiatrists/psychologists (41%) and neurologists (31%). Of the 57 patients (80%) advised to seek psychiatric care, 27 individuals (47%) followed this recommendation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-542
Number of pages8
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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