Table 1: Demographic Features of Self-reported Epileptics

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(n=313)

Prevalence/1,000 population

5.8

Age, years (mean ±SD)

38.67±1.9

Female:Male (%)

53.09:46.91

Marital Status (%)

Now married/common law
Single (never married)
Widow(er)
Separated/divorced
 
46.8
44.2
5.2
3.8

Household size (mean±SD)

3.09±0.18

Location(%)*

Urban
Rural

 

88.99
11.01

Dwelling (%)

Single detached home
Double row, duplex
Apartment
Other

 

59.7
11.5
27.2
1.6

Chronic health problems

No. (mean±SD)
Epilepsy only (%)
Epilepsy plus 1 other (%)
Epilepsy plus 2 other (%)
Epilepsy plus 3 other (%)

 

2.8±0.26
26.9
20.3
20.3
32.5
All percentages weighted.
*See text for description.

 

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Table 2: Prevalence of Self-reported Epilepsy by Age

Age (years)

N

weighted % of sample

prevalence/1,000

0-11

38

10.66

3.1

12-15

20

3.79

5.7

16-24

29

12.97

4.3

25-44

114

38.85

5.9

45-64

61

17.78

4.9

65

51

15.95

7.2

 

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Table 3: Annual income, occupation and disability

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General Population

Chronically Ill

Epilepsy

Annual household income (%):*

Low
Not low but <$50,000
$50,000

 

13.7
39.8
47.5

 

14.5
39.9
45.6

 

22.2
36.0
41.8

Occupation(%):**

Office
Service or Transportation
Primary
58.1
16.1
25.8
59.8
15.9
24.3
63.4
9.5
27.1
Disability days in past 2 weeks:***
Mean No. (±95% CI)

0.65±0.04

0.99±0.04

1.57±0.21

All accidents in past 12 months:
Mean No. (±95% CI)

0.13±0.00

0.19±0.00

0.15±0.00

All percentages are weighted.
*In Canadian dollars. See appendix for definitions.
**Office = managerial, administration, professional, clerical, sales
Primary = farming, mining, processing, construction, materials handling, other
***See text for definition
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Table 4: Quality of life, family function and social support

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Healthy

General Population

Chronically Ill

Epilepsy

Quality of Life*

PGWB mean scores (±95% CI)
PGWB score categories (%)
0-12
13-24
25-30
31-42
32.5±0.2
 
0.9
12.3
21.0
65.8
31.4±0.1
 
1.6
16.1
21.5
60.8
31.0±0.2
 
2.0
18.0
21.6
58.4
26.1±0.2
 
6.1
36.4
23.9
33.6

Family Function**

MFAD mean scores (±95% CI)
Dysfunctional family (%)
1.83±0.02
20.9
1.84±0.02
21.6
1.84±0.02
21.9
1.93±0.02
27.5

Social Support***

SSI mean, age 60 (±95% CI)
SSI mean, age <60 (±95% CI)
18.1±0.4
19.6±0.1
18.0±0.2
19.5±0.1
17.9±0.2
19.4±0.1
15.0±1.8
17.7±0.9
See text for abbreviations. *Higher scores = better quality of life **Higher scores = worse family function
***Higher scores = stronger social support

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Table 5: Barriers to health care

Weighted Proportion*

Chronically Ill (%)

Epilepsy (%)

Too expensive

1.2

1.0

Do not know MD/where to go

0.4

1.4

Too far/transport problems

0.5

1.2

Cannot get appointment

0.7

1.3

No hospital bed

0.3

1.0

Language problem

0.1

0.0

Too embarrassed

0.3

0.2

Other reason

3.9

7.3

*More than one item could be listed.

  

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Table 6: Education, health-related limitations and physical activity

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General Population

Chronically Ill

Epilepsy

Education:

Primary or less
Some secondary
Complete secondary
Some post-secondary
Complete post-secondary
27.7
21.7
19.9
10.5
20.2
24.2
22.6
20.7
10.8
21.8
28.0
23.7
17.6
11.9
18.8

Health-Related Limitations:*

Comparing self with healthy people
Self-perceived at work/school
7.1
--
10.9
55.9
31.8
71.5

Physical Activities (frequency):

Regular
Occasional
Infrequent
48.0
21.9
31.0
46.6
21.9
32.5
32.8
26.5
40.7
All are weighted proportions.
*See text for definitions.

 

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Table 7: Utilization of Health Care Resources*

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Proportion of Subjects (%)

Healthy

General Population

Chronically Ill

Epilepsy

Type of service used in previous 12 months:

Health Care Professionals

Family Doctor
Specialist
Nurse
Dentist
Pharmacist
Physiotherapist
Chiropractor
Psychologist/Counsellor
69.4
16.6
5.7
62.7
7.4
1.4
4.9
2.1
81.4
30.5
10.0
64.2
13.7
5.6
8.8
4.1
88.1
38.2
12.4
65.0
17.2
8.0
10.9
5.2
92.8
54.9
21.0
58.1
16.9
6.3
7.9
14.8

Hospital

Emergency Room
Admission
13.6
6.7
22.5
11.8
27.1
14.5
35.6
22.4

Site of most recent health service:

Office visit
Community clinic
Emergency room
Hospital clinic
At work
At home
Telephone only
92.5
1.4
1.2
1.2
1.1
0.5
1.2
86.3
3.1
4.8
0.6
0.2
0.9
2.0
85.7
3.3
5.1
1.6
0.1
0.9
2.1
75.6
0.5
14.9
0.7
0.0
0.0
8.1

*All are weighted proportions.

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