October 29, 2018

The Community-Targeted Self-Management of Epilepsy and Mental Illness (C-TIME) Initiative: A Research, Community, and Healthcare Administration Partnership to Reduce Epilepsy Burden

AIMS: Comorbid mental health conditions (MHCs) such as depression and anxiety are common in people with epilepsy. Targeted Self-Management for Epilepsy and Mental Illness (TIME) is a behavioral program that targets mood symptoms in adults with epilepsy and comorbid MHCs. Building upon positive findings of a randomized controlled study to establish the efficacy of TIME, the Community-TIME (C-TIME) initiative assessed the implementation feasibility and pre-/post-outcomes of this new evidence-based epilepsy self-management intervention in a community setting and in collaboration with key stakeholders.

CONCLUSIONS: The C-TIME program can be successfully implemented in the community and is associated with improved outcomes in adults with epilepsy and comorbid MHCs. Continued and broader scale-up of C-TIME and similar approaches could reach larger groups of adults with epilepsy and improve the health of our communities.

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