Psycho-educational therapy among Nigerian adult patients with epilepsy: A controlled outcome study

B. O. Olley, H. O. Osinowo, W. R. Brieger

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Psychological interventions in relation to epilepsy are worthy of empirical investigation since there is broad agreement that the psycho-social problems of epilepsy are often more disabling than the seizure attacks. The present study using a controlled outcome design evaluated the efficacy of a 2-day psycho-educational program among patients with epilepsy in Nigeria. The psycho-educational program is the consequence of a two-stage study design, which set out to identify and evaluate psycho-social factors that determine interictal psychopathology in people with epilepsy. Thirty out-patients matched according to seizure type and frequency of seizures were randomly assigned to treatment (n = 15) or waiting-list control (n = 15) groups. The major outcome measures used were knowledge about illness schedule, the Becks depression inventory and the Crown-Crisp experiential index. Significant differences between the two groups were found on the three major scales used. The treatment group by within-group analyses, showed a substantial significant decrease in level of depression, a significant increase in the knowledge about epilepsy as well as a significant decrease in all measures of neurotic disorders except for hysterical sub-scale. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-33
Number of pages9
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Education
  • Epilepsy

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  • Medicine(all)


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