Amy Pritchard
Psychiatric Co-Morbidities and Quality of Life in Patients with Epilepsy

SchoolElyria Catholic High School


ProgramScience


MentorLara Jehi, MD, Teresa Markis, MA


DepartmentEpilepsy Center


Research
Psychiatric Co-Morbidities and Quality of Life in Patients with Epilepsy
Hypothesis
Currently, the quality of life in epileptic patients is insufficiently determined by the sole factor of seizure frequency. The quality of life in epileptic patients will include other variables.
Methodology
Each patient was given a series of questionnaires: the PHQ-9, the LSSS, the GAD-7, the NDDI-E, and the Neurotoxicity scale. Other factors were also considered, such as age, gender, marital status and driving status. The questionnaire scores were then compared to the QOLIE-10, a quality of life questionnaire.
Outcomes
It was found that an epileptic patient’s quality of life is multi-factorial, with significant correlations to all of the aforementioned factors and no viable significant correlation to seizure frequency.