1. Epilepsy Behav. 2009 Jan;14(1):232-6. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2008.10.016. Epub 2008
Dec 9.

A telephone-based self-management program for people with epilepsy.

DiIorio C(1), Reisinger EL, Yeager KA, McCarty F.

Author information: 
(1)Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of
Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. cdiiori@sph.emory.edu

The study was conducted to test the feasibility of a telephone-based
self-management program for adults with epilepsy. The program was based on social
cognitive theory and principles of motivational interviewing (MI). Twenty-two
adults with epilepsy were recruited from hospital-based epilepsy clinics. The
mean age of participants was 43 years, and 68% were men. Participants were
randomly assigned to the intervention or control group. Those in the intervention
group received a five-session intervention with a nurse trained in MI counseling.
Following an in-person introductory session, the remaining four sessions were
conducted by phone. Ninety-five percent of the 55 planned MI sessions and the 44 
planned courtesy calls for those in the control group were completed,
demonstrating high acceptance of the program. Participants were very satisfied
with the program and noted the benefits of the telephone delivery method.
Analysis of outcomes provided support for continued development and testing of
the program.

DOI: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2008.10.016 
PMID: 19010447  [Indexed for MEDLINE]