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“Shortcomings in care” to blame for avoidable epilepsy deaths

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7348.1237/b (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1237
  1. Sally Hargreaves
  1. London

    Poor management of patients with epilepsy may contribute to a substantial number of avoidable deaths related to epilepsy each year, an audit report published this week says.

    The report highlights weaknesses in service provision and calls for a renewed focus on prevention, investigation, and management of deaths related to epilepsy.

    “Bear in mind that 70% of people with epilepsy respond well to treatment and can be rendered seizure free,” Henry Smithson, one of the authors, told the BMJ. “The high number of …

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