Journal article

A patient-centered approach to understanding long-term psychosocial adjustment and meaning-making, 15 to 20 years after epilepsy surgery

Honor Coleman, Anne McIntosh, Sarah J Wilson

Epilepsy & Behavior | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: Different psychosocial trajectories have been identified following treatment with epilepsy surgery, as patients adjust to possible changes in seizure frequency and the subsequent impact on their psychosocial functioning. Qualitative research has been key to understanding this adjustment process, particularly in the short-term (2-5 years). Currently, however, there is a lack of qualitative research examining longer-term (>15 years) outcomes, precluding the same rich, detailed understanding of longer-term psychosocial outcomes. Using a grounded theory approach, we explored how patients reflected on and made sense of their adjustment trajectories, 15 to 20 years after surgery. This i..

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