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Title: Changes in quality of life, psychological functioning and cognitive functioning after surgical intervention for temporal lobe epilepsy
Author: Summers, Fiona
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2000
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Temporal lobe epilepsy, is a common condition that often responds poorly to anti-epileptic medications and temporal lobectomies have become the most common, safest, and most effective form of surgical treatment for epilepsy (Engel 1987). Milner (1975) found that after temporal lobectomy new learning and memory were affected, especially verbal information after left temporal operation and visual/spatial information after right temporal excision. Non-verbal memory deficits have not been consistently identified before or after non-dominant temporal lobectomy (Lee et al 1984). Findings on levels of depression following temporal lobectomy have been inconsistent (Rose et al 1995, Ring et al 1998), however, quality of life showed improvement in a number of areas (Rausch & Crandall (1982)). There have also been contradictory findings on changes in levels of anxiety (Bladin 1992, Rose et al 1995) and there is little published research on the effects of locus of control. Using a longitudinal, within and between subject design, the present study investigated the effects of temporal lobectomies of epilepsy on cognitive functioning, depression, anxiety, quality of life and locus of control. The results were discussed in relations to current literature and proposals were made for further treatment.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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