Validation of a Questionnaire for Clinical Seizure Diagnosis
Article first published online: 4 AUG 2005
Volume 33, Issue 6, pages 1065–1071, November 1992
How to Cite
Reutens, D. C., Howell, R. A., Gebert, K. E. and Berkovic, S. F. (1992), Validation of a Questionnaire for Clinical Seizure Diagnosis. Epilepsia, 33: 1065–1071. doi: 10.1111/j.1528-1157.1992.tb01760.x
- Issue published online: 4 AUG 2005
- Article first published online: 4 AUG 2005
- Received March 1992; revision accepted May 1992.
- Epidemiologic methods
Summary: A detailed questionnaire has been devised for diagnosis of seizure type. It is suitable for administration by trained interviewers, either directly or by telephone. A comparison of physician-based and questionnaire-based diagnoses showed almost perfect agreement in classification of patients into those with seizures of either generalized or focal origin. Substantial to almost-perfect agreement was reached in diagnosis of patients with most individual seizure types. Disagreement in differentiation between simple and complex partial seizures (CPS) probably reflects the limitations of the clinical method rather than of the questionnaire itself. The questionnaire should be of value in large-scaled clinical and epidemiologic studies.