Assessment of Treatment Side Effects and Quality of Life in People with Epilepsy

Benjamin N. Blond, Kamil Detyniecki, Lawrence J. Hirsch

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Epilepsy impairs quality of life in physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and occupational domains. In people who are not seizure free, depression and adverse medication effects have a predominant role in determining quality of life. The assessment of these factors and other comorbidities is essential for maximizing quality of life in epilepsy. There are multiple tools available to assess medication effects and quality of life in a structured format. Such tools can provide superior assessments and allow clinicians to have a greater impact on their patients' quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)395-410
Number of pages16
JournalNeurologic Clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Adverse medication effects
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Quality of life
  • Structured assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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