Author(s): England MJ, Liverman CT, Schultz AM, Strawbridge LM
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Abstract Approximately 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives. Although epilepsy is one of the nation's most common neurological disorders, public understanding is limited. A complex spectrum of disorders, epilepsy affects an estimated 2.2 million people in the United States. Living with epilepsy is about more than just seizures; it is often defined in practical terms, such as challenges, uncertainties, and limitations in school, social situations, employment, driving, and independent living. People with epilepsy are also faced with health and community services that are fragmented, uncoordinated, and difficult to obtain. The Institute of Medicine's report (2012) , Epilepsy across the spectrum: promoting health and understanding, examines the public health dimensions of epilepsy with a focus on (a) public health surveillance and data collection and integration; (b) population and public health research; (c) health policy, health care, and human services; and (d) education for providers, people with epilepsy and their families, and the public. The report's recommendations range from the expansion of collaborative epilepsy surveillance efforts to the independent accreditation of epilepsy centers, to the coordination of public awareness efforts, and to the engagement of people with epilepsy and their families in education, dissemination, and advocacy activities. Given the current gaps in epilepsy knowledge, care, and education, there is an urgent need to take action-across multiple dimensions-to improve the lives of people with epilepsy and their families. The realistic, feasible, and action-oriented recommendations in this report can help enable short- and long-term improvements for people with epilepsy. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
This article was published in Epilepsy Behav
and referenced in International Journal of Neurorehabilitation