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Management Challenges in Children With Both Epilepsy and Intellectual Disability

BUELOW, JANICE M. PhD, RN; SHORE, CHERYL P. PhD, APRN

doi: 10.1097/NUR.0b013e3181f903cb
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People who have both epilepsy and intellectual disability have significant problems requiring skilled health care management. Clinical nurse specialists have the unique opportunity to work with these people and their families to help them develop self-management and family management skills. In this article, we describe some factors associated with intellectual disability and epilepsy. In addition, we address the management challenges associated with this dual diagnoses in 3 areas: (1) problems associated with the management of seizure and prescription management, (2) problems associated with the seizure management other than prescriptions, and (3) life management issues. Finally, we suggest ways that clinical nurse specialists can foster development of management skills.

Author Affiliations: Indiana University School of Nursing (Dr Buelow) and University of Indianapolis (Dr Shore), Indiana.

Correspondence: Janice M. Buelow, PhD, RN, Indiana University School of Nursing, 1111 Middle Dr, NU 415, Indianapolis, IN 46202 (jbuelow@iupui.edu).

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