Up to 75% of epilepsy patients are not treated in many countries, says WHOBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1995 (Published 12 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1995
- John Zarocostas
Most of the estimated 50 million people worldwide with epilepsy, most of whom live in poor nations, may be missing out on treatment, says a new study.
The proportion of people with epilepsy not being treated was over 75% in low income nations and over 50% in most lower middle and upper middle income nations, found the systematic review (Bulletin of the World Health Organization, doi:10.2471/BLT.09.064147). But this treatment gap was less than 10% in many rich countries, it found.
WHO estimates that epilepsy, the most common neurological disorder, accounts for 0.5% of the …