Health-Related Quality of Life Improvement via Telemedicine for Epilepsy: Printed vs. SMS-Based Education Intervention

Lua, Pei Lin (2013) Health-Related Quality of Life Improvement via Telemedicine for Epilepsy: Printed vs. SMS-Based Education Intervention. Quality of Life Research, 22 (8). pp. 2123-2132. ISSN 0962-9343

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Background Improving health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among people with epilepsy (PWE) has become the focus of various treatment programmes and behavioural interventions which continue to be challenging to both patients and healthcare professionals. Aims and objectives To investigate the impact of SMS-based epilepsy education programme on PWE’s HRQoL status and to determine the predictors for good HRQoL. Methods Eligible epilepsy out-patients from three public hospitals in East Coast Peninsular Malaysia were randomized into two groups: intervention (IG) and control (CG). Patients in the CG were supplied with only printed epilepsy educational module, while those in the IG additionally received short message service (SMS) from the Mobile Epilepsy Educational System (MEES). The Malay Quality of Life in Epilepsy Inventory-30 (MQOLIE-30) was utilized for HRQoL assessment. Descriptive statistics, paired t test, analysis of covariance and multiple logistic regression were employed for data analyses (SPSS 16). Results One hundred and forty-four PWE were recruited for the study (age = 30.5 ± 11.8; unmarried = 60.4 %; education level ≤ SPM/Cambridge O’ level = 76.4 %; illness duration > 5 years = 51.1 %). After controlling for possible confounders, IG exhibited positive changes in HRQoL profile compared to CG particularly in Seizure Worry, Overall Quality of Life, Emotional Well-Being, Social Functioning and Overall Score (p < 0.05). After adjusting for covariates, being employed and receiving additional SMS-based epilepsy education programme emerged as the significant predictors of good HRQoL among PWE. Conclusion Receiving continuous SMS-based epilepsy information from the MEES seemed to generate positive impacts on PWE’s overall HRQoL. This study has provided a basis for future innovations to inspire efforts in ensuring the welfare and HRQoL of PWE and their families.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Epilepsy Health-related quality of life (HRQoL), Educational programme Short message service (SMS), Telemedicine
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Faculty / Institute: Faculty Of Health Sciences
Depositing User: PROF PEI LIN LUA
Date Deposited: 11 May 2014 02:18
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2015 08:37

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