Work beliefs and work status in epilepsy
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PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to determine differences in work beliefs between people with epilepsy who work and those who do not work. METHODS: One hundred thirteen subjects (58 females, 55 males) 41.56+/-11.42 years of age and with a seizure duration of 22.88+/-12.96 years (means+/-SD) were assessed. RESULTS: Forty percent worked full-time, 10% worked part-time, and 50% did not work. Twelve of the fifty-six who worked had more than one seizure per month, compared with 29 of 57 who did not work. There were significant differences between the working and nonworking groups: The nonworking group believed that (1) they had to work to be "normal," (2) they did not have enough education, (3) not having a job was the only barrier to independent living, (4) their families feared work injuries, (5) working represented a risk of injury, (6) they would hurt others if they had a seizure at work, (7) their families did not want them to work, and (8) seizures would negatively affect job performance. CONCLUSION: Work beliefs are important factors contributing to work status.
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