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Table 2 Clinical characteristics of people with epilepsy attending primary care (N = 298)

From: Help seeking and suicidality among people with epilepsy in a rural low income country setting: cross-sectional survey

Clinical variable Response categories Number (%)
Types of epilepsy Focal seizure 21 (7.0)
Generalized tonic–clonic 277 (93.0)
Median age of onset (IQR)   17.0 (10–29)
Median duration of illness (IQR)   10 (4–18.5)
Epilepsy severity score [mean NHS3 score (SD)] Focal seizure 10.0 (4.6)
Generalised tonic–clonic seizure 10.6 (3.5)
Suicidality Suicidal ideation 90 (30.2)
Suicidal plan 47 (15.8)
Suicidal attempt 28 (9.4)
Depressive symptoms* No depression 13 (4.4)
Mild depression 181 (60.7)
Moderate depression 80 (26.8)
Severe depression 24 (8.1)
Alcohol use disorder No alcohol use 217 (72.8)
Hazardous 48 (16.1)
Harmful 8 (2.7)
Dependent 25 (8.4)
Median DUE (IQR)   24 (4–72)
  1. IQR inter quartile range, AUDIT Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test, NHS3 national hospital severity scale, SD standard deviation PHQ-9 patient health questionnaire, DUE duration of untreated epilepsy
  2. * Categories defined by PHQ scores as described in the methods