Association of knowledge about epilepsy with mood and self-efficacy in Korean people with epilepsy

The Korean QoL in Epilepsy Study Group

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Purpose: We determined the level of knowledge about epilepsy in Korean people with epilepsy (PWE) and evaluated whether this is associated with self-efficacy, perceived stigma, anxiety, and depressive mood in these patients. Methods: This was a cross-sectional multicenter study. A total of 530 PWE participated from 31 secondary or tertiary hospitals in Korea. Knowledge about epilepsy was assessed using 34 medical items (EKP-M) of the Epilepsy Knowledge Profile-General. Additional questionnaires included the Epilepsy Self-Efficacy Scale (ESES), Stigma Scale, and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Multiple linear regression analyses were used. Results: The mean EKP-M score was 22.2 (SD: 4.1). By univariate analyses, the EKP-M was related to ESES (r = 0.220, p. < 0.001) and HADS-D (r = - 0.154, p. < 0.001) scores but not to the Stigma Scale or HADS-A. By linear regression analyses, after adjusting for the confounding variables, the higher EKP-M scores were independently related to both higher ESES (p. < 0.001) and lower HADS-D scores (p. < 0.05). Conclusion: Korean PWE have a relatively low level of knowledge about their condition. Knowledge about epilepsy is associated with a high level of self-efficacy and less depressive symptoms in affected individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-153
Number of pages5
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study was financially supported by a grant from Korea UCB Co., Limited .

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Elsevier Inc.


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Knowledge
  • Quality of life
  • Self-efficacy
  • Stigma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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