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Epilepsy Behav. 2018 Nov;88:218-226. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2018.09.021. Epub 2018 Oct 6.

MINDSET: Clinical feasibility of utilizing the revised epilepsy self-management tool for Spanish speaking patients.

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University of Texas School of Public Health, Behavioral Science, Houston, TX, United States of America. Electronic address:
University of Arizona, Department of Neurology, Tucson, AZ, United States of America.
University of Texas School of Public Health, Behavioral Science, Houston, TX, United States of America.
Epilepsy Foundation Central & South Texas, San Antonio, TX, United States of America.


This paper describes the expanded English/Spanish version of the Management Information and Decision Support Epilepsy Tool (MINDSET) as well as the methods and findings from a feasibility study conducted from July 2016 through February 2017 with 43 Spanish and English-speaking Hispanic people living with epilepsy (PWE) in Arizona (n = 23) and Texas (n = 20) over two consecutive regular clinic visits. The expansion of MINDSET added goal setting and strategy selection to improve self-management (S-M) in PWE. The previous study tested the feasibility of English MINDSET, which was designed to facilitate the identification and discussion of S-M issues between the patient and healthcare provider (HCP) during a regular clinic visit. Results indicate MINDSET feasibility for use in the following: 1) identifying S-M issues across several domains; 2) selecting and assessing confidence in tailored S-M goals/strategies for improvement; 3) discussing S-M issues/goals/strategies/confidence with a HCP; and 4) creating an action plan (AP) and tracking achievement during regular clinic visits. Across two visits, 80-90% of patients agreed that the revised version of MINDSET was helpful, understandable, trustworthy, promoted careful thinking about management, was of appropriate duration, and would be helpful in future management and communication with HCP. Participating HCPs agreed that MINDSET improved the ease, thoroughness, and accuracy in identifying patient S-M issues and establishing a plan for improvement.


Clinical care; Decision support; Self-management

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