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P.014 Survey of epilepsy and seizure awareness in Manitoba: an evaluation (SESAME)

  • EC Avery (a1), C MacDonald (a1), M Ng* (a1) and D Serletis (a1)

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Background: Epilepsy/seizure awareness is improving across Canada. With the formation of a Comprehensive Epilepsy Program in Manitoba (including a new Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit), a provincial strategy has been proposed outlining a path towards improved access to epilepsy care. We now sought to qualify the current state of clinician knowledge and comfort towards diagnosis and management of this condition. Methods: A qualitative online survey, comprised of 36 short-answer questions, was delivered to primary care and specialist physicians in Manitoba. Results:108 subjects responded, across varying medical disciplines. 101 (93.5%) have previously managed epilepsy patients, and 87 (80.6%) have previously ordered an EEG. A total of 63 (59.4%) have referred to a neurologist, with a lower proportion (30, 28.3%) referring specifically to an epileptologist. 36 respondents (33.3%) have heard of the ILAE guidelines, with 43 (63.2%) reporting refractory epilepsy to be -defined by the failure of 3 (or more) medications. 61 (56.5%) were unaware of invasive EEG techniques. Most (85, 78.7%) understood a role for surgery in treating epilepsy, with 12 (11.1%) unaware of surgical therapies beyond VNS. Conclusions: SESAME successfully identified strong awareness towards epilepsy, with small lapses in knowledge that will benefit from a formal provincial-wide educational curriculum.

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P.014 Survey of epilepsy and seizure awareness in Manitoba: an evaluation (SESAME)

  • EC Avery (a1), C MacDonald (a1), M Ng* (a1) and D Serletis (a1)

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