Behavioral risk factors among Arizonans with epilepsy: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2005/2006

Jenny Chong, Hemant S. Kudrimoti, Darlene C.W. Lopez, David M. Labiner

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Abstract

Modifiable risk factors to help improve health outcomes for people with epilepsy in Arizona were identified using the 2005-2006 Arizona Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Of 9524 adults who participated in this survey, 125 reported ever being diagnosed with epilepsy (lifetime prevalence=1.3%, 95% CI=1.1-1.6%). Individuals with active epilepsy (those who had seizures in the prior 3 months and/or were taking anticonvulsants) had an overall lower quality of life. This likely resulted from a large number of medical comorbidities and poor mental and physical health days. Regression models suggested that for individuals with active epilepsy, physical activity was associated with fewer activity-limited days, whereas for individuals with inactive epilepsy, medical comorbidity was positively associated with activity-limited days. Further research is needed to increase the reliability of the findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-519
Number of pages9
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

Keywords

  • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
  • Comorbidities
  • Epilepsy
  • Exercise
  • Psychosocial issues
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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