Only one in four people with uncontrolled epilepsy sees a specialist

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f559 (Published 25 January 2013)
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  1. Krishna Chinthapalli
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Only a quarter of people in England with epilepsy and ongoing seizures are referred to an epilepsy specialist, a survey of nearly 1000 patients has found.1

In addition, less than a 10th (7%) of people who presented with a first seizure were referred to a specialist within two weeks, and just one in seven (14%) had a written care plan. This level of care falls short of draft quality standards for epilepsy from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, which recommend that all children and adults be seen by a specialist within two weeks of the first seizure, be given a written care …

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