An evidence-based checklist to assess neuropsychological outcomes of epilepsy surgery: How good is the evidence?

An evidence-based checklist to assess neuropsychological outcomes of epilepsy surgery: How good is the evidence?

This study, by M. Hrabok, J. Dykeman, Elisabeth M.S. Sherman and S. Wiebe, was published in the Journal of Epilepsy & Behavior in December 2013.

Objective

The purpose of this study was to determine psychological function in patients who underwent epilepsy surgery. To efficiently assess these patients, researchers created an evidence-based checklist.

Method

The checklist started with 45 items and was eventually refined to 19 items after examining other articles, studies and papers. The higher quality resources were linked with longitudinal design, reporting presurgical IQ, seizure frequency and antiepileptic drugs, and using validated measures of change in individual patients.

Conclusions

The checklist helps to recognize whether neuropsychological outcomes were valid in studies related to epilepsy surgery.

Research by: Elisabeth M.S. Sherman, M. Hrabok, J. Dykeman, and S. Wiebe

Published in the Journal of Epilepsy & Behavior