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Title: A questionnaire survey about doctor-patient communication, compliance and locus of control among South Indian people with epilepsy
Authors: Gopinath, B
Radhakrishnan, K
Sarma, PS
Jayachandran, D
Alexander, A
Keywords: Neurology
Issue Date: 2000
Citation: EPILEPSY RESEARCH. 39; 1; 73-82
Abstract: To date, very few studies have investigated patients' views on the information they receive from the doctor concerning epilepsy and its management. Little information is available about the influence of doctor-patient communication and locus of control on the compliance of persons with epilepsy. We investigated, through a questionnaire-interview design, among patients attending the epilepsy clinic of a tertiary referral center in South India, their views about the provision of information by the doctor, and their compliance and locus of control. We also determined the interrelation between doctor-patient communication, compliance and locus of control. Our subjects comprised 200 adult persons with epilepsy, 113 males and 87 females, mean age 30.5 (range 18-67) years. Over one-third of the subjects received from the doctor insufficient information about epilepsy and its treatment. There was a significant positive correlation between effective doctor-patient communication and compliance. A majority of our patients had an external locus of control, which negatively influenced the compliance. Even in a comprehensive epilepsy clinic of a model tertiary referral center in a developing country, a significant proportion of patients do not receive optimal information about epilepsy from the doctor. Knowledge about their disease will encourage people with epilepsy to make informed choices, and achieve better compliance and personal control of their problems. Educating primary and secondary care physicians about the importance of doctor-patient communication in the management of epilepsy and educating the public about the positive aspects of life in epilepsy cannot be overemphasized. (C) 2000 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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