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Title: Counselling adults who experience a first seizure
Austin Authors: Legg, Karen T;Newton, Mark R
Affiliation: Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax Infirmary Site, Halifax, NS, Canada
Issue Date: Jul-2017
Date: 2016-09-29
Publication information: Seizure 2017;49: 64-68
Abstract: PURPOSE: A first seizure can result in significant uncertainty, fear and apprehension. One of the key roles of the clinician in the setting of first seizure is to provide accurate, timely information and counselling. METHOD: We review the numerous components to be considered when counselling an adult patient after a first seizure. RESULTS: We provide a framework and manner to provide that counselling. We focus on an individualized approach and provide recommendations and information on issues of diagnosis, etiology, prognosis, the role and importance of medical testing, lifestyle considerations, driving, medication and other key counselling considerations. CONCLUSION: Accurate, timely counselling can allay fears and anxieties, remove misconceptions and reduce the risk for injury in seizure recurrence.
DOI: 10.1016/j.seizure.2016.09.012
Journal: Seizure
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Seizures
First seizure
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