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Revista Cubana de Enfermería

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IGLESIAS MORE, Serguei et al. Quality of life in children and adolescents with epilepsy. Rev Cubana Enfermer [online]. 2012, vol.28, n.2, pp.99-111. ISSN 0864-0319.

Introduction: Epilepsy is a chronic disease that originates in the brain due to abnormal neuronal discharges. This ailment does not respect geography, race, gender or social condition, sometimes with severe psychological, social and economic consequences. Objectives: To evaluate the quality of life of children and adolescents with epilepsy and to describe factors that may affect the quality of life of these patients. Methods: It was conducted a descriptive study of cross section in which quantitative and qualitative techniques were used, like the questionnaire and the interview in depth. We worked with 22 patients ranging from the pediatric ages of 6 to 13 years attending the consultation of neurology of "William Soler" Hospital. Results: it was demonstrated that the level of quality of life that predominates in the studied children and adolescents with epilepsy is good, it was proved that the category quality of life is the result of the complex interaction between the social and the psychological and factors such as the type of epilepsy, age of debut and time elapsed since the last crisis, may affect in the quality of life of these patients. Conclusions: the quality of life that predominates in the studied children and adolescents with epilepsy is good. Learning is the parameter most affected in these patients, while autonomy proved to be the best result.

Palabras clave : quality of life, epilepsy; children with epilepsy; adolescents with epilepsy.

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