Up to 75% of epilepsy patients are not treated in many countries, says WHO

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 12 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1995
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    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 …

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