CE Love, F Webbe, G Kim, et al., Epilepsy & Behavior, 2016;64 (Part A):37-43.
For some children with epilepsy, seizures are not controlled even after many seizure medicines are tried - this is referred to as intractable or refractory epilepsy. Studies have shown that children with intractable epilepsy have a poorer quality of life compared to children who are healthy or even those that have other chronic health conditions.
Executive functioning is a set of skills such as memorizing, planning, prioritizing, controlling emotions, and making decisions that are important in daily life.
- This study looked at the relationship between executive functioning and quality of life in children with intractable epilepsy.
- The authors looked at information about seizures and seizure medications to see if they affected executive functioning in these children with epilepsy.
Description of study
- 54 children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 18 years
- Parents or legal guardians were given questionnaires to assess quality of life and executive functioning
- Seizure information was also collected
Summary of study findings
- Problems with executive functioning were related to a poorer quality of life in children with intractable epilepsy.
- The type of seizures were not associated with changes in quality of life. That is, whether the children had focal or generalized epilepsy did not make a difference.
What does this mean?
- Healthcare professionals should consider a child’s executive functioning when asking about daily life as well as seizures.
- Children with these problems may benefit from care and services for cognitive problems and behavior.
Article published in Epilepsy & Behavior, November 2016.