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Devinsky O; Penry JK
"Quality of life in epilepsy: the clinician's view"
Epilepsia 1993 ; 34 Suppl 4():S4-S7
Quality of life in patients with epilepsy may be impaired by seizures, side effects of medication, and psychosocial problems. Doctors tend to focus their attention on managing the seizures and the side effects, but may not be meeting all of the patient's needs because of differences between their perception of these concerns and the patient's. Further, psychosocial problems often are addressed only superficially or not at all during office visits. The challenge is to integrate quality-of-life issues into clinical practice and to better assess the patient's perception of the disorder, the seizures, and the medications, as they impact on cognitive function, emotional well-being, and social and economic functioning

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