Management of epilepsy in the community.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/208856
Title:
Management of epilepsy in the community.
Authors:
Neligan, A; Renganathan, R; Sweeney, B J
Affiliation:
Department of Neuroscience, Cork University Hospital, Cork. aidan60@yahoo.com
Citation:
Ir Med J. 2006 Feb;99(2):52-4.
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
3-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/208856
PubMed ID:
16548222
Abstract:
We posted a questionnaire on epilepsy to all 375 GPs in Cork and Kerry (population 500,000) The questionnaire consisted of 10 sections, covering areas like GP demographics, initial referral practice following a first seizure, advice given to patients and GP's attitudes towards patients with epilepsy. The main focus of the study was GP awareness of 7 of the newer anti-epileptics and their side effects. There was a response rate of 46.7% (175) and revealed that the majority (87%) initially refer patients to a neurologist for further assessment. The majority of GPs gave patients advice about driving, AED side effects, interaction with the OCP and pregnancy counselling. GP awareness of the newer anti-epileptics is very variable with Gabapentin and Lamotrigine having the highest GP awareness rates. Almost 25% of GPs would initiate treatment following a first time seizure although only 30% would change therapy initiated by a consultant neurologist. Finally the majority of GPs were unhappy with the level of access to neurologists and 95% of GPs felt that the provision of an Epilepsy Clinical Nurse Specialist would help alleviate the problem.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Clinical Competence/statistics & numerical data; Community Health Services; Epilepsy/*therapy; *Family Practice; Female; Humans; Ireland; Male; Referral and Consultation
ISSN:
0332-3102 (Print); 0332-3102 (Linking)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorNeligan, Aen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRenganathan, Ren_GB
dc.contributor.authorSweeney, B Jen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-03T15:05:36Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-03T15:05:36Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-03T15:05:36Z-
dc.identifier.citationIr Med J. 2006 Feb;99(2):52-4.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102 (Print)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid16548222en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/208856-
dc.description.abstractWe posted a questionnaire on epilepsy to all 375 GPs in Cork and Kerry (population 500,000) The questionnaire consisted of 10 sections, covering areas like GP demographics, initial referral practice following a first seizure, advice given to patients and GP's attitudes towards patients with epilepsy. The main focus of the study was GP awareness of 7 of the newer anti-epileptics and their side effects. There was a response rate of 46.7% (175) and revealed that the majority (87%) initially refer patients to a neurologist for further assessment. The majority of GPs gave patients advice about driving, AED side effects, interaction with the OCP and pregnancy counselling. GP awareness of the newer anti-epileptics is very variable with Gabapentin and Lamotrigine having the highest GP awareness rates. Almost 25% of GPs would initiate treatment following a first time seizure although only 30% would change therapy initiated by a consultant neurologist. Finally the majority of GPs were unhappy with the level of access to neurologists and 95% of GPs felt that the provision of an Epilepsy Clinical Nurse Specialist would help alleviate the problem.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshClinical Competence/statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshCommunity Health Servicesen_GB
dc.subject.meshEpilepsy/*therapyen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Family Practiceen_GB
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshIrelanden_GB
dc.subject.meshMaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshReferral and Consultationen_GB
dc.titleManagement of epilepsy in the community.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Neuroscience, Cork University Hospital, Cork. aidan60@yahoo.comen_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen_GB
dc.description.provinceMunster-
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