Patient safety in refractory epilepsy service delivery

Frances Rapport, Patti Shih, Virginia Mumford, Geoffrey K. Herkes

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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 Sept 201826 Sept 2018


Conference35th International Conference in Healthcare Quality and Safety (ISQUA)
CityKuala Lumpur


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