Long-term effects of a multidisciplinary transition intervention from paediatric to adult care in patients with epilepsy

R. P. J. Geerlings*, A. P. Aldenkamp, L. M. C. Gottmer-Welschen, A. L. van Staa, A. J. A. de Louw

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Purpose: To evaluate the long-term effects of a multidisciplinary transition intervention compared to the impact of patient-related intrinsic factors on the improvement in medical and psychosocial outcome. Methods: All patients who visited our multidisciplinary Epilepsy Transition Clinic between March 2012 and September 2014 were invited to participate (n = 114). Patients were sent one questionnaire and informed consent was obtained. Questions included the patient's level of functioning on three transitional domains and a list with medical health care workers. Previously defined scores on three transitional domains and the risk profile score were re-evaluated. Past and current patient characteristics were compared using descriptive statistics. Discriminant analyses were used to determine the influence of patient-related intrinsic factors (defined as the risk factors from our previous study) and a multidisciplinary transition intervention on the improvement of medical and psychosocial outcome. Results: Sixty-six out of 114 invited participants (57.9%) completed the questionnaire. Discriminant analyses showed that the patient-related intrinsic factors combined proved a strong predictor for improvement in medical outcome (72.7%) and relatively strong for educational/vocational outcome (51.5%). The transition interventions are a relative strong predictor of improvement in medical outcome (56.1%), educational/vocational outcome (53.0%) and improvement in the overall risk score (54.5%). Conclusion: Based on the overall improvement of psychosocial outcome in most patients, and the influence of a transition intervention on medical, educational/vocational outcome and the overall risk score, it is likely that adolescents with epilepsy benefit from visiting a multidisciplinary epilepsy transition clinic.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-53
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


  • Transition to adult care
  • Epilepsy
  • Transition clinic
  • Psychosocial outcome
  • Transition intervention

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