Paul A. Derry

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We conducted a prospective study over 24 months to compare health-related quality of life in surgically and medically treated patients with intractable temporal lobe epilepsy. Seizure frequency and health-related quality of life were assessed in 81 patients before and 6, 12, and 24 months after treatment. Using the Epilepsy Surgery Inventory 55 (ESI-55), we(More)
Differences in self-schema content among 16 clinical depressives, 16 nondepressed psychiatric control patients, and 16 normal nondepressives (women between the ages of 18 and 65) were investigated by having subjects make structural (Small letters?), semantic (Means same as a given word?), and self-referent (Describes you?) ratings on depressedand(More)
BACKGROUND Health related quality of life (HRQOL) is increasingly recognised as an important outcome in epilepsy. However, interpretation of HRQOL data is difficult because there is no agreement on what constitutes a clinically important change in the scores of the various instruments. OBJECTIVES To determine the minimum clinically important change, and(More)
The present research investigated the extent to which mild depressives and normals differed in their self-referent processing of personal information. In Experiment 1, these subjects made two types of ratings on depressed (e.g., bleak, dismal) and nondepressed (e.g., loyal, organized) content personal adjectives. Half of the adjectives in each content(More)
PURPOSE Controversy exists about the relation of societal knowledge and attitudes regarding epilepsy. We conducted a survey to examine knowledge and attitudes, to note gender and occupational influences, and to examine the effect of an informational brochure. METHODS We administered a standardized questionnaire that noted demographics and examined(More)
PURPOSE Few data exist on the ability of instruments to detect within-patient change over time in epilepsy, a property referred to as responsiveness. Our aim was to compare the responsiveness of three instruments [i.e., Epilepsy Surgery Inventory-55 (ESI-55) and Washington Psychosocial Inventory (WPSI), both epilepsy specific, and Symptom(More)
PURPOSE Other outcome measures besides seizure control must be considered when assessing the benefit of epilepsy surgery. We investigated the effect of preoperative psychosocial adjustment on postoperative depression in epilepsy patients followed up prospectively for 2 years after temporal lobectomy. METHODS The Washington Psychosocial Seizure Inventory(More)
Treatment-refractory epilepsy can directly impair psychological adjustment and quality of life. Epilepsy surgery is viewed by the patient as a stressful life event, arrived at after extensive deliberation. It is accompanied by expectations and anxiety for patients and their families. We suggest that the success of epilepsy surgery (as reflected by(More)
Ternporal lobectomy appears to be an effective treatment for medically intractable epilepsy. However, the influences of pre-operative health status and post-operative reductions in seizure activity on post-surgical health-related quality of life (HRQOL) are not well understood. We used the Epilepsy Surgery Inventory 55 (ESI-55) to evaluate changes between(More)