Achieving and maintaining compliance with the ketogenic diet.

Adrianna M Amari, Nancy C Grace, W. W. Fisher

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The ketogenic diet, a treatment for intractable epilepsy, is rarely initiated because it requires strict compliance with a diet that is perceived to be unpalatable. In a case study of a 15-year-old girl with uncontrolled epilepsy, we used a stimulus-choice procedure to assess relative preferences of 33 foods from the diet and to develop two treatments based on Premack's principle. The results of a multielement analysis showed that both treatments increased dietary compliance. Compliance was maintained with generalization of treatment across settings, and was associated with a 40% reduction in seizures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-342
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1995


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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