“Shortcomings in care” to blame for avoidable epilepsy deathsBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7348.1237/b (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1237
- Sally Hargreaves
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 …