Study type: Epidemiological study (observational study)

Mobile phones and seizures: drug-resistant epilepsy is less common in mobile-phone-using patients. epidem.

Published in: Postgrad Med J 2017; 93 (1095): 25-28

Aim of study (acc. to author)

A cross-sectional study was conducted in India to evaluate the association between mobile phone use and the number of seizures in patients with epilepsy.

Endpoint/type of risk estimation

Exposure

Assessment

Exposure groups

Group Description
Reference group 1 mobile phone use: no
Group 2 mobile phone use: only at home, device not carried on the body
Group 3 mobile phone use: for more than 1 year, device carried on the body

Population

Study size

Type Value
Total 300
Eligible 185
Evaluable 178
Statistical analysis method: ( adjustment: )

Conclusion (acc. to author)

In total, 107 patients did not use mobile phones, 3 patients only at home and 68 used mobile phones.
No significant difference in the number of seizures in the past year between mobile phone users (group 3) and non-users (group 1) were found. A significant lower proportion of patients with drug-resistant epilepsy was observed among mobile phone users (group 3) compared to non-users (group 1).

Limitations (acc. to author)

Exposure assessment did not quantify the amount of exposure to mobile phones.

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