Integrating the systematic assessment of psychological states in the epilepsy monitoring unit: Concept and compliance

Rosa Michaelis, Helmut Schöller, Yvonne Höller, Gudrun Kalss, Margarita Kirschner, Elisabeth Schmid, Eugen Trinka, Günter Schiepek

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Admission to the epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) for long-term video-electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring (VEEG) constitutes the gold standard for seizure diagnosis and presurgical evaluation. This study applied the concept of a high-frequency systematic monitoring of psychological states and tested patients' compliance in order to evaluate if its integration in the EMU is feasible and if patients benefit from the graphically underpinned discussion of their EMU stay-related cognitions and emotions.

The process-monitoring is technically realized by an internet-based device for data collection and data analysis, the Synergetic Navigation System (SNS). A convenient sample was enrolled: All eligible patients who were admitted to the EMU of the Department of Neurology, Christian Doppler Medical Center, Salzburg, Austria, between November 6th 2017 and January 26th 2018 were approached and recruited upon consent. After a short resource-oriented interview, each enrolled patient was provided with a tablet. The daily questionnaire included eight standardized and up to three personalized items. Self-assessments were collected every 5 h prior to meal times (6:30 am, 11:30 am, and 4:30 pm) and at 9:30 pm. The detailed visualizations of the patients' replies were discussed with the participants during a feedback session at the end of the EMU stay.

Twenty-one patients (12 women/9 men, median age 29 years [range 18–74 years]) were consecutively recruited (72% of all eligible patients). Compliance rates were high (median: 82%, range 60%–100%) among the respondents. Mood correlated strongly with hopefulness (r = 0.71) and moderately with energy (r = 0.63) in all patients. When correlating the intraindividual medians of the process questionnaire time series with the pretest total scores, energy correlated moderately and negatively with the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) (r = − 0.45), while self-efficacy correlated moderately and negatively with the Neurological Disorders Depression Inventory for Epilepsy (NDDI-E) total scores in all patients (r = − 0.5). Nine patients (43%) reported that they learned something meaningful about themselves after the feedback discussion of their individual time series.

The results support the feasibility of high-frequency monitoring of psychological states and processes in routine EMU settings. Repeated daily collections four times per day of psychological surveys allow for the assessment of highly resolved, equidistant time series data, which gives insight into psychological states and processes during EMU admission.
Upprunalegt tungumálEnska
Síður (frá-til)5-14
FræðitímaritEpilepsy and Behavior
ÚtgáfustaðaÚtgefið - nóv. 2018
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