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New report on epilepsy and seizure disorder

Epilepsy and seizure disorder frequently occurs following head trauma and traumatic brain injury.  All forms of brain injury, mild brain injury, moderate brain injury and severe brain injury have been shown to cause seizures.  These seizures can occur, minutes, hours, days, weeks or even months following the initial head trauma.

The Institute of Medicine has released a new report: Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding.

Although epilepsy is one of the nation’s most common neurological disorders, public understanding of it is limited. It is characterized by unpredictable seizures that differ in type and severity. Living with epilepsy is about much more than just seizures; the disorder is often defined in practical terms, such as challenges in school, uncertainties about social situations and employment, limitations on driving, and questions about independent living.

The IOM was asked to examine the public health dimensions of the epilepsies, focusing on public health surveillance and data collection; population and public health research; health policy, health care, and human services; and education for people with the disorder and their families, health care providers, and the public. The IOM makes recommendations ranging from the expansion of collaborative epilepsy surveillance efforts, to the coordination of public awareness efforts, to the engagement of people with epilepsy and their families in education, dissemination, and advocacy for improved care and services. Taking action across multiple dimensions will 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.

The report can be downloaded for free on the IOM website

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