According to a recent study, young people with epilepsy could be helped to manage their epilepsy better with the assistance of programmes designed to improve their psychosocial wellbeing.
The research, conducted at the University of Glasgow, examined existing findings regarding the positive impact that psychosocial interventions can have on quality of life and mental health in young people with epilepsy. In total, 17 studies were reviewed.
According to the results of the analysis, published in the medical journal Epilepsy & Behavior, psychosocial interventions can play a key role in helping to improve children’s epilepsy knowledge and self-management skills.
Specifically, techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy were shown to be effective in managing anxiety and low mood among these individuals, although it was also noted that more research needs to be done in this area, as the existing body of evidence is limited.
The research concludes: ‘Psychosocial interventions may provide clinical benefit, although further research is needed to clarify the most effective treatment components, delivery methods, and measurement of intervention outcomes.’
Posted by Anne Brown
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