A comparative study of health related quality of life, psychological well-being, impact of illness and stigma in epilepsy and migraine

Seizure - European Journal of Epilepsy, 07/22/2011

Although the persons with epilepsy(PWM) had higher impact of illness values, the PWE were shown to have higher stigma, more concealment behavior, and higher traditional/spiritual healing application ratios. Also, the PWM emphasized the importance of being “able to fulfil daily living, social and work activities”, while the PWE emphasized the need for “independence” constantly. These results indicate that, although both migraine and epilepsy are chronic neurological disorder with episodic manifestations(CDEMs), they have different levels of impact on patients’ lives. The impacts are socially greater in epilepsy and extend beyond the neurological condition itself.

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