BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:
Epilepsy is chronic neurologic disease and affects both the child with epilepsy and his or her family. We conducted a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effect of a modular education program on disease management for children with epilepsy and their parents.
This study was conducted at the Child Neurology Policlinic of Akdeniz University Hospital in Turkey between February 2014 and June 2014. For both experimental (n = 42) and control (n = 50) groups, children 7 to 18 years old with epilepsy and their parents were included in the study. Both parents and children provided informed consent. The content of the modular education program used in the study was developed as a result of an extensive literature review. The intervention was given to children with epilepsy and their parents through interactive teaching methods. Before and after the program, data related to the children in experimental and control groups were collected by a researcher using the Epilepsy Knowledge Test for Children in face-to-face interviews. Data for parents were collected on a family information form.
After the modular education program, mean scores on the knowledge test increased in the children and their parents in the experimental group and decreased in the children in the control group. The differences between the mean scores of these groups were statistically significant (P < .001). Also, after the modular education program, the children and their parents interviewed in the experimental group made more positive statements about the child’s illness.
Consistent and regular education through interactive teaching methods improves the quality of care for children with epilepsy.
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