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Assessing developmental outcomes of children from Kilifi, Kenya following prophylaxis for seizures in Cerebral Malaria

Abubakar, Amina and Van de Vijver, Fons J. R. and Mithwani, Sadik and Obiero, Elizabeth and Lewa, Naomi and Kenga, Simon and Katana, Khamis and Holding, Penny (2007) Assessing developmental outcomes of children from Kilifi, Kenya following prophylaxis for seizures in Cerebral Malaria. Journal of Health Psychology, 12 (3). pp. 412-430. ISSN 1461-7277

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Abstract

The purpose of the study was to develop a culture-informed measure of developmental outcome and to apply it to detect differences in developmental level between children with cerebral malaria enrolled in a clinical trial to control seizures during the acute phase of the illness. The instrument was administered to a sample of 180 children, three and 12 months after discharge from hospital. The measure demonstrated high internal consistency, good inter-observer reliability, age sensitivity and strong relations with parental report of child functioning. No association was found between performance, or change in performance, with the prophylactic regime administered. The results suggested that the use of Phenobarbital in controlling provoked seizures has no observable effect on cognitive function.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Health Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment ; cerebral malaria ; Kenya ; prophylaxis ; seizures
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 71891
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2014 10:19
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 06:19
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/71891

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