Experience of the new seizure diary in the Free State and Northern Cape

South African Family Practice

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Title Experience of the new seizure diary in the Free State and Northern Cape
Creator Egenasi, Chika K. Moodley, Anandan A. Steinberg, Wilhelm J. Joubert, Gina
Subject family medicine; primary health care; general practice seizure diary; epilepsy; paper diary; electronic diary; seizure frequency; participants who had previous exposure to a seizure diary; previously diary-unexposed participants
Description Background: Epilepsy is a neurological disease affecting adults and children globally. A seizure diary is one of the self-management tools for tracking seizures. This study aims to ascertain the experience of a new seizure diary by persons completing the diary in the Free State and Northern Cape of South Africa.Methods: Adult patients with epilepsy attending Universitas Academic Hospital epilepsy clinic in Bloemfontein, clinics in Kimberley and the casualty department of Kimberley hospital (Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe hospital) received a new seizure diary. After using the diary for 6 months, participants (patients, relatives or caregivers) completed a questionnaire.Results: A total of 139 epilepsy patients received a new seizure diary; 67 previously diary-unexposed participants and 33 participants who had previous exposure to a seizure diary. The majority of participants, namely 91% of previously diary-unexposed and 84.9% of participants who had previous exposure to the seizure diary, understood the new seizure diary. Participants who had previous exposure to a seizure diary were predominantly very positive about the new diary because it had more information. However, 21.2% indicated that they preferred the old one because it was easier to complete.Conclusion: Patients, caregivers or relatives from both groups used the new seizure diary and provided important information about their experience with the new diary. Despite a few complaints about using the new diary, most participants who had previous exposure to a seizure diary preferred the new seizure diary.Contribution: This study explored participants’ opinions of the new seizure diary.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor University of the Free State
Date 2023-05-26
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Longitudinal study; cross-sectional
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v65i1.5736
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 65, No 1 (2023): Part 2; 11 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
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Coverage Africa; South Africa; Free State; Northern Cape; Bloemfontein; Kimberley August-November 2022 Patients diagnosed with epilepsy attending the facility for follow-up; 18 years and above; patients who have used the diary
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Chika K. Egenasi, Anandan A. Moodley, Wilhelm J. Steinberg, Gina Joubert https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0