1. J Neurosci Nurs. 2008 Jun;40(3):134-41.

A descriptive analysis of seizure events among adults who participated in a
computer-based assessment.

Dilorio C(1), Reisinger EL, Yeager K, Schomer DL, Henry TR, Shafer PO.

Author information: 
(1)Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of
Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. cdiiori@sph.emory.edu

The purpose of this study was to document seizure events associated with the use 
of a computer-based assessment and to describe the contextual factors surrounding
these seizure episodes. Study participants were adults with epilepsy who were
enrolled at research sites in Atlanta and Boston. Subjects were asked to complete
a computer-based assessment at 3 time points. Fourteen seizure events were
documented; they occurred during 1.6% of all completed assessments (896) and
affected 4.4% of the participants (320). The mean age of participants who
experienced seizure events was 41.4 years; about 70% were female, and 70% were
white. A variety of possible precipitating factors for seizure events included
hunger, fatigue, stress, and medication changes. Participants indicated computer 
use could have triggered their seizures in 2 instances. These findings suggest
use of computer-based assessments may pose minimal risks for adults with
epilepsy, particularly those without a history of photosensitivity epilepsy.


PMID: 18578271  [Indexed for MEDLINE]