Patricia Atkinson

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BACKGROUND In addition to recurrent epileptic seizures, children with epilepsy can have coexisting cognitive and behavioral difficulties but the spectrum and prevalence of such difficulties are uncertain. METHODS The Children with Epilepsy in Sussex Schools study is a prospective, community-based study involving school-aged children (5–15 years) with(More)
BACKGROUND Children with epilepsy are at increased risk for behavioral and psychiatric disorders and it has been recommended that all children with epilepsy be screened for such conditions. There is thus a need to identify appropriate screening measures in this population. METHODS Children with active epilepsy (on AEDs and/or had a seizure in the last(More)
Childhood epilepsy is associated with a range of neurobehavioural comorbidities including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), motor impairments and emotional problems. These difficulties frequently have a greater impact on quality of life than seizures. Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a term increasingly(More)
At the end of 2003, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine published an article announcing the creation of the James Lind Initiative (JLI). 1 The article began by recalling the way that James Lind, an 18th century Scottish naval surgeon, had confronted uncertainty about how to treat scurvy by doing a controlled trial. This had shown that oranges and(More)
INTRODUCTION There is a lack of population-based data on specific cognitive profiles in childhood epilepsy. This study sought to determine the frequency of impairments in global cognition and aspects of working memory and processing speed in a population-based sample of children with "active" epilepsy (on antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs), and/or had a seizure in(More)
OBJECTIVE To provide population-based data on the performance of school-aged children with epilepsy on measures of academic achievement and factors associated with this performance after controlling for IQ. METHODS Eighty-five (74%) of 115 children with "active" epilepsy (experienced a seizure in the past year and/or on antiepileptic drugs [AEDs])(More)
In a defined geographical area in the south of the UK, 115 children with active epilepsy (i.e., children who had seizures in the last year and/or children who were taking antiepileptic drugs (AEDs)) were identified via a computerized database and liaison with local pediatricians. Eighty-five (74%) of the children (5-15years of age) underwent a comprehensive(More)
BACKGROUND Improving health-related quality of life (HRQOL), rather than just reducing seizures, should be the principal goal in comprehensive management of childhood epilepsy. There is a lack of population-based data on predictors of HRQOL in childhood epilepsy. METHODS The Children with Epilepsy in Sussex Schools (CHESS) study is a prospective,(More)
METHODS Children (5-15 years) with active epilepsy were screened using the parent-report (n=69) and self-report (n=48) versions of the Spence Children's Anxiety Scale (SCAS) and the self-report version of the Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) (n=48) in a population-based sample. RESULTS A total of 32.2% of children (self-report) and 15.2% of children(More)
iii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS First and foremost, I wish to thank my thesis advisor, Dr. Jack M. Sasson, for his advice throughout my thesis writing as well as my Master's career here at Vanderbilt. I would also like to thank Dr. Annalisa Azzoni for her help during my thesis and inspiration during my work at Vanderbilt. My teachers have shaped the direction that I(More)