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Revista Cubana de Salud Pública

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SEGURA MASSO, Arturo Alexander. State of information about the epileptic patient and its social integration in Cuba. Rev Cubana Salud Pública [online]. 2014, vol.40, n.4, pp.324-333. ISSN 0864-3466.

Introduction: the most relevant problems related to psychosocial aspects of epilepsy lie in wrong beliefs worldwide on the restrictions inherent to this disease that affect the people suffering it. Objective: to approach the current state of information about the social integration of the epileptic patient in Cuba in the last 12 years. Methods: a review of 3 794 articles published from 2000 to 2012 in six Cuban recognized medical journals and in SciELO and CUMED databases. The selection of journals took into consideration frequency of publication and quality of articles. The search subject headings were epilepsy, epileptic patient, social involvement, society, psychosocial disorders and treatment. Data synthesis: of the total number of articles, just 29 dealt with epilepsy, 14 of them with the social involvement of the epileptic patient and 15 addressed medical care. The latter fundamentally advocates the improvement in the quality of life of these patients from the clinical viewpoint but little or no reference was made to their care from the psychological and health approach that allows verifying the level of psychosocial adjustment in this patient. Conclusions: the evidence reveals poor dissemination of articles dealing with the topic of social integration of the epileptic patient from a psychological health care approach that should be regarded an active element of the general treatment.

Palabras clave : epilepsy; patient; family; community; social networks; epileptic individual; social integration; society.

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