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Epilepsy Behav. 2006 Feb;8(1):256-60. Epub 2005 Nov 14.

The opinion of the general practitioner toward clinical management of patients with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures.

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Department of Neurology/Neurophysiology, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Republic of Ireland. seansosullivan@hotmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this work was to assess the opinion of general practitioners (GPs) regarding the diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) and the role they feel they should play in the management of the disorder.

METHODS:

Patients with PNES were identified from hospital records. Seizure and patient characteristics were recorded. Their GPs were surveyed regarding their understanding of the diagnosis and ongoing management of PNES.

RESULTS:

Twenty-three patients were identified over a 3-year period as having been diagnosed with PNES. Sixty-five percent of GPs agreed with the diagnosis, and when asked to grade their understanding of the diagnosis (poor = 1, excellent = 10), the mean score was 5.7 (+/-SD 2.3). Thirty-five percent of GPs felt psychological input was of benefit to their patients. Fifty-two percent of GPs felt comfortable following up these patients, either with or without neurology outpatient services.

CONCLUSIONS:

PNES remains a difficult disease to manage. There is a high level of uncertainty regarding the optimum management of PNES among primary care physicians, for which further education is needed.

PMID:
16290241
DOI:
10.1016/j.yebeh.2005.09.013
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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