Report Addresses Public Health Dimensions of Epilepsy

Author: Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP

More epilepsy surveillance data is needed in order to improve quality of life for people with the condition, the Institute of Medicine suggests.

On March 30, 2012, the Institute of Medicine published a consensus report titled Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States. According to the report’s authors, public health officials and policy makers interested in improving care for people with epilepsy have been “flying blind” due to the lack of sufficient epilepsy surveillance data. The report examines epilepsy’s public health dimensions through 4 topic areas:
The authors make 12 recommendations geared toward improving quality of life for epilepsy patients. Two are somewhat global, and highlight the tremendous need:
To read more of the authors’ recommendations, visit www.iom.edu/epilepsy.

Ms. Wick is a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy and a freelance writer from Virginia.