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Epilepsy Res. 1993 Dec;16(3):207-14.

The impact of counselling with a practical statistical model on patients' decision-making about treatment for epilepsy: findings from a pilot study.

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Centre for Health Services Research, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


To ascertain the impact of a computer-based predictive model on patients' decisions about continuing treatment of their epilepsy, 72 subjects were asked to complete questionnaires prior to and following counselling with the model. The subjects were attending the neurology out-patient clinic in a large UK hospital, and were identified from medical records as eligible for withdrawal of AEDs. The effect of counselling with the model was to make the majority of patients opt to continue AED therapy. Positive or negative framing of risk information appeared to influence the decisions of patients who were initially uncertain about continuing treatment, as did patients' perceptions of the clinician's views. The prognostic model appeared to allow relatively complex statistical information to be conveyed to patients in an accessible form. We suggest its use will aid clinicians in counselling patients and will help patients reach better-informed decisions about treatment.

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