Enhancing patients’ experiences of living with epilepsy
Evidence and practice    

Enhancing patients’ experiences of living with epilepsy

Kim Morley Epilepsy specialist nurse and midwife practitioner, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Winchester, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the factors that can affect the experiences of patients with epilepsy at the point of diagnosis, in hospital and when taking anti-epileptic drugs

  • To enhance your understanding of the role of general and specialist nurses in providing epilepsy care

  • To identify interventions for improving the experiences and quality of care for patients with epilepsy

Epilepsy is a multifaceted neurological condition that has many causes. Living with epilepsy can have significant physical, psychological and social effects on an individual and their family. A patient’s experience of living with epilepsy can be influenced by multiple factors, such as pre-existing comorbidities or underlying risk factors for developing comorbidities.

This article explores the experiences of patients with epilepsy at the point of diagnosis, in hospital and when taking anti-epileptic drugs. It also details various evidence-based interventions that can improve these patients’ experiences and the quality of care that they receive.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11686

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

Kim.morley@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Morley K (2021) Enhancing patients’ experiences of living with epilepsy. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11686

Published online: 01 November 2021

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