Employment of epileptic adolescents Volume 21, issue 2, avril-mai-juin 2009

ITEP, RN 12, 61190 Saint-Maurice-lès-Charencey, France, Inserm U 894, centre de psychiatrie et neurosciences, 2 ter, rue d’Alésia, 75014 Paris, France

This study described the outcome of a young adolescent population with epilepsy after they left an educational training in “l’institut de Champthierry”. It was based on 232 returned questionnaires and analyzed the capacities of disabled people entering labor market. It was found that 80% of the sample were employed: 50% respondents were employed in normal jobs, although 50% had a job in special centers devoted to people with impaired work performances. However, even if patients with seizure remission were more likely to be employed, some of them were unemployed. Comorbidities and epilepsy per se can affect employment integration. Much more educational and rehabilitation programs are needed to increase and maintain employment of epileptic patients.