Psychosocial Problems and Physical Activity at Different Ages in Patients with Epilepsy


  • Elvyra Grinienė
  • Viktorija Pečinina



Research background and hypothesis. Physical inactivity of patients with epilepsy is associated with the course
of the disease, treatment, preconceived attitudes and myths that their physical activity might be dangerous and cause
seizures (Steinhoff et al., 1996; Nakken, 2001 ).
The aim of our research was to examine the links between the psychosocial problems of patients’ with epilepsy,
their hysical activity, self-reported quality of life as well as their connection with patients’ age.
Research  methods.  The  participants  were  209  patients  with  epilepsy  from  three  different  regions  (Šiauliai,
Panevėžys and Pasvalys) of Lithuania. The subjects were selected with the help of quantitative closed-type survey –
QOLIE-89 and IPAQ international questionnaire. The research findings were compared between two age groups:
younger (20–39 years of age) and senior (40–59 years of age) subjects.
Research results. The main psychosocial problems for patients with epilepsy were concerns about possible
injuries during the seizures, experience of shame and other social restraint, health problems that might occur as a
result of taking antiepileptic drugs for a long period of time, negative effects of antiepileptic drugs and memory
impairments. These problems were more common among younger respondents (p < 0.05). Physical activity levels
in patients with epilepsy were inadequate and different. The main factor that contributed to these differences was
patients’ age. Younger respondents trained more in their leisure time, while seniors spent more time reading or
sleeping (p = 0.002).Younger patients lacked knowledge about the most appropriate types of physical activities,
senior  respondents  were  inactive  were  to  the  disapproval  of  medical  professionals  and  their  health  problems  
(p = 0.006). Younger respondents evaluated their lifestyle as good enough more often than seniors.
Discussion  and  conclusion.  Psychosocial  problems  and  physical  inactivity  of  patients  with  epilepsy  were
connected with their age. Younger respondents more often than seniors were physically active and their self-reported
quality of life was good.

Keywords: age of patients with epilepsy, social problems, physical activity, evaluation of lifestyle.


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How to Cite

Grinienė, E., & Pečinina, V. (2018). Psychosocial Problems and Physical Activity at Different Ages in Patients with Epilepsy. Baltic Journal of Sport and Health Sciences, 2(89).



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