Adults with learning disabilities and epilepsy: knowledge about epilepsy before and after an educational package.
Clark AJ., Espie CA., Paul A.
The understanding individuals have about their epilepsy may influence the success with which that individual copes with his/her epilepsy. This paper presents the first evaluation of a video-assisted brief educational package for adults with mild learning disabilities and epilepsy ("Epilepsy and You"; Paul, 1996 21). Utilizing a deferred entry to treatment design to evaluate intervention effects eighteen subjects participated in the study. Their knowledge about epilepsy before and after training was assessed using a checklist of knowledge and the Epilepsy Knowledge Questionnaire-Revised for use with people with learning disabilities. Results demonstrated significant gains in knowledge which were durable over a short follow-up period (1 month). "Epilepsy and You" was found to be suitable for use with a wide range of individuals and subjects' opinions demonstrated they enjoyed taking part. This study is a preliminary investigation from which other research can develop. Therefore, criticisms and suggestions for further research have been made.