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Communication and Mental Preparation Issues for the Epilepsy Surgery Patient

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 December 2014

W. Barrie Woodhurst
Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, Vancouver Hospital and, Health Sciences Centre, The University of British Columbia
John P. Girvin
Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, University of Western, Ontario, University Hospital, London, Ontario.
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This paper reviews the importance of adequate communication between the treatment team and the patient and family in epilepsy surgery. Ensuring that patient and family adequately understand the diagnosis, natural history, management alternatives and the risks and outcomes of surgery is a challenge for each epilepsy team. Guidelines as to process and content from the authors'experience and the participants in the workshop are presented.

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