Gender and epilepsy: Clinical, social and psychological impact

Rebekah Shallcross, Rebecca L. Bromley, Gus A. Baker

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    Abstract

    People with epilepsy may be at an increased risk of experiencing biological, sociological and psychological difficulties that are related specifically to gender. Research often reports on people with epilepsy as a homogeneous group with no distinction of the possible differences regarding gender. Epidemiology, seizure types, antiepileptic drug therapy, psychosocial and biological factors regarding epilepsy, may all vary depending on gender. Moreover, it is paramount that healthcare professionals are aware of existing gender differences in regard to the treatment and management of people with epilepsy. In turn the provision of information to people with epilepsy must also take into account gender specific needs for information. In conclusion, the differences between the genders should be considered in all aspects of epilepsy research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSociety, Behaviour and Epilepsy
    PublisherNova Science Publishers
    Pages115-141
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Print)9781617610011
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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