Patient safety in refractory epilepsy service delivery

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Abstract

Epilepsy affects around 3.5% of Australians and is defined as ‘refractory’ if patients fail to control seizures with two or more anti-epileptic drugs. Refractory epilepsy is a chronic condition greatly diminishing patients’ quality of life, leading to poor psychosocial adjustment and co-morbidity. For refractory patients, surgical intervention can be effective for long-term seizure control. However, assessment can be extensive, and delays can negatively affect clinical outcomes. This study examined gaps in treatment for refractory epilepsy patients and their impact on resource-management, burden of disease and surgical underutilisation1 in order to: clarify patient pathways and service delivery and reveal experiential knowledge of routine clinical consultation and surgery to enhance patient safety and create smoother service transitions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event35th International Conference in Healthcare Quality and Safety (ISQUA) - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 23 Sep 201826 Sep 2018

Conference

Conference35th International Conference in Healthcare Quality and Safety (ISQUA)
CountryMalaysia
CityKuala Lumpur
Period23/09/1826/09/18

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    Rapport, F., Shih, P., Mumford, V., & Herkes, G. K. (2018). Patient safety in refractory epilepsy service delivery. Poster session presented at 35th International Conference in Healthcare Quality and Safety (ISQUA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.