Patient satisfaction with information provided by epilepsy specialist nurses: Results of an online survey
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Original versionHauge NC, Henning Oj, Nakken Ko, Bjørge H. Patient satisfaction with information provided by epilepsy specialist nurses: Results of an online survey. Epilepsy & Behavior. 2020;112(107273) https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yebeh.2020.107273
The aim of this study was to investigate the perspective of Norwegian patients with epilepsy regarding the information that they have received about epilepsy-related issues and to determine whether there was a difference in information received between those who had been followed up by an epilepsy specialist nurse (ESN) and those who had not. Further, were there differences regarding satisfaction with the information between the two groups? We conducted an online survey in close collaboration with the Norwegian Epilepsy Association. A total of 1859 respondents (1182 patients with epilepsy and 677 carers for patients with epilepsy) completed a web-based questionnaire. They were asked about epilepsy-related issues on which they had received information, the extent to which they were satisfied with this information, and whether they were being followed up by an ESN or not. Significantly more patients followed up by an ESN had received information about the epilepsy diagnosis, antiseizure drugs (ASDs), routine use of ASD, and risk of seizure-related injuries as compared to those not followed up by an ESN. In addition, patients followed by an ESN were more likely to be satisfied with the information they received. Just above or under half of the respondents had received or were satisfied with information about depression, anxiety, premature death, and sexual wellbeing. Our results indicate that follow-up by ESNs results in improvements in the information provided to patients with epilepsy; ESNs should be an integral part of comprehensive epilepsy service.