n Ergonomics SA : Journal of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa - The impact of voluntary withdrawal from anti-epileptic medication on job performance and workplace safety : research article




This study sought to investigate the impact of voluntarily withdrawing from anti-epileptic medication on job performance and workplace safety. A total of 100 employees with epilepsy, working in sheltered workshops, participated in the study. The sample consisted of volunteers employed in the sheltered workshops, 50 in a group who had voluntarily withdrawn from taking their anti-epileptic medication, and 50 in a second group who were still taking their anti-epileptic medication. The results demonstrated depressed job performance indicators in the group that had voluntarily stopped taking anti-epileptic medication. The group with controlled epilepsy (i.e. still taking anti-epileptic medication) had better mental functioning indicators and job performance than the group with uncontrolled epilepsy. In addition, a number of workplace safety statistics differed statistically between the two groups. These results are discussed in relation to reasons for voluntarily withdrawing from anti-epileptic medication, and the role of traditional views towards epilepsy in the rural African context.


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