The Impact of Family-Centered Empowerment Program on the Quality of Life of Mothers with Epileptic Children

Document Type: Original Article


1 Master of Science, Department of Operating Room, Faculty of Nursing, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Bojnurd, Iran

2 PhD Candidate of Microbiology, Department of Pathobiology, Faculty of Medicine, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Bojnurd, Iran

3 PhD Candidate of Epidemiology, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Bojnurd, Iran

4 Master of Science, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Bojnurd, Iran

5 Master of Science, Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Medical Science, Zahedan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Zahedan, Iran

6 Faculty Member of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Shirvan Center of Higher Health Education, Imam Khomeini Hospital, North Khorasan University of Medical Sciences, Bojnurd, Iran


Background: There is a relationship between diseases and the quality of life. Epilepsy is a disease that is unpredictable and uncontrollable and its actions are limited to scattered and brief education. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the effect of family-centered empowerment program on the quality of life of mothers with epileptic children.
Methods: This clinical trial was undertaken on 60 mothers with epileptic children. Thirty mothers with epileptic children participated in family-centered empowerment sessions and 30 mothers with epileptic children served as the control group. Personal information form and quality of life questionnaire were administered at baseline and 75 days after intervention. In order to analyze data, chi-square test, independent t-test, paired t-test, and covariance were used accordingly.
Results: The quality of life between the two groups was not significantly different at the beginning of the study, but it was significantly different 75 days after the onset of the empowerment program. In other words, the family-centered empowerment program had a significantly positive impact on the quality of life of mothers with epileptic children
(P = 0.03).
Conclusion: According to the results of this study, the family-centered empowerment program can be considered as a potent alternative in health care system to enhance the quality of life of families with epileptic children.


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