Purpose To evaluate the long-term effects of a multidisciplinary transition intervention compared to the impact of patient-related intrinsic factors on the improvement in medical and psychosocial outcome. Methods All patients who visited our multidisciplinary Epilepsy Transition Clinic between March 2012 and September 2014 were invited to participate (n = 114). Patients were sent one questionnaire and informed consent was obtained. Questions included the patient's level of functioning on three transitional domains and a list with medical health care workers. Previously defined scores on three transitional domains and the risk profile score were re-evaluated. Past and current patient characteristics were compared using descriptive statistics. Discriminant analyses were used to determine the influence of patient-related intrinsic factors (defined as the risk factors from our previous study) and a multidisciplinary transition intervention on the improvement of medical and psychosocial outcome. Results Sixty-six out of 114 invited participants (57.9%) completed the questionnaire. Discriminant analyses showed that the patient-related intrinsic factors combined proved a strong predictor for improvement in medical outcome (72.7%) and relatively strong for educational/vocational outcome (51.5%). The transition interventions are a relative strong predictor of improvement in medical outcome (56.1%), educational/vocational outcome (53.0%) and improvement in the overall risk score (54.5%). Conclusion Based on the overall improvement of psychosocial outcome in most patients, and the influence of a transition intervention on medical, educational/vocational outcome and the overall risk score, it is likely that adolescents with epilepsy benefit from visiting a multidisciplinary epilepsy transition clinic.

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doi.org/10.1016/j.seizure.2016.04.004, hdl.handle.net/1765/89370
Seizure - European Journal of Epilepsy
Erasmus School of Health Policy & Management (ESHPM)

Geerlings, R.P.J, Aldenkamp, A.P, Gottmer-Welschen, L.M.C, van Staa, A.L, & De Louw, A.J.A. (2016). Long-term effects of a multidisciplinary transition intervention from paediatric to adult care in patients with epilepsy. Seizure - European Journal of Epilepsy, 38, 46–53. doi:10.1016/j.seizure.2016.04.004