The humanistic and economic burden of Dravet syndrome on caregivers and families: implications for future research

Jensen, M. P., Brunklaus, A., Dorris, L. , Zuberi, S. M., Knupp, K. G., Galer, B. S. and Gammaitoni, A. R. (2017) The humanistic and economic burden of Dravet syndrome on caregivers and families: implications for future research. Epilepsy and Behavior, 70(A), pp. 104-109. (doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2017.02.003) (PMID:28431364)

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Abstract

We reviewed the current literature with respect to the humanistic and financial burdens of Dravet Syndrome (DS) on the caregivers of children with DS, in order to (1) identify key unanswered questions or gaps in knowledge that need to be addressed and then, based on these knowledge gaps, (2) propose a research agenda for the scientific community to address in the coming decade. The findings support the conclusion that caring for a child with DS is associated with significant humanistic burden and direct costs. However, due in part to the paucity of studies, as well as the lack of measures of specific burden domains, there remains much that is not known regarding the burden of caregiving for children with DS. To address the significant knowledge gaps in this area, research is needed that will: (1) identify the specific domains of caregivers' lives that are impacted by caring for a child with DS; (2) identify or, if needed, develop measures of caregiving impact in this area; (3) identify the factors that influence DS caregiving burden; (4) develop and evaluate the efficacy of treatments for reducing the negative impact of DS and its comorbidities on DS caregivers; (5) quantify the direct medical costs associated with DS and DS comorbidities and identify the factors that influence these costs; and (6) quantify and fully explore the indirect costs of DS. Research that addresses these goals will provide the empirical foundation needed for improving the quality of life of children with DS and their families.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Zuberi, Dr Sameer and Dorris, Dr Liam
Authors: Jensen, M. P., Brunklaus, A., Dorris, L., Zuberi, S. M., Knupp, K. G., Galer, B. S., and Gammaitoni, A. R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Epilepsy and Behavior
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1525-5050
ISSN (Online):1525-5069
Published Online:18 April 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Epilepsy and Behavior 70(A):104-109
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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