Clinical Insights into the
Diagnosis & Treatment of Epilepsy

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session at the 2017 Fall Forum. If you participated in
the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from January 10, 2018 to January 31, 2019

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Audience: This activity is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in managed care environments.

This presentation is supported by educational grants from
Lundbeck and UCB, Inc.

Description:
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that affects about 3 million people in the United States and accounts for about $15 billion in medical costs. Diagnosis of epilepsy is made by analyzing the patient's clinical history as well as performing neurophysiological and neuroimaging tests. Treatment of epilepsy involves reducing the number of seizures by administering various antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), to include anticonvulsants, with the goal to achieve a seizure-free status. However long-term adherence is required from patients and unfortunately, more than one-third of patients continue to experience seizures or suffer from severe adverse effects. The development of new AEDs continues to increase and drug therapies can now be individualized to the patient’s symptoms and needs. It is also important to understand the mechanisms of action and the pharmacokinetics of antiepileptic drugs so that these agents can be used effectively in clinical practice, especially in the combined therapeutic strategies.

Upon Completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Know the common types of seizures and what is needed for an initial medical evaluation for diagnosis and finding the cause

  • Understand the process of selection of antiepileptic drugs based on seizure type and patient characteristics

  • Know indications for referral to a neurologist and to a specialized epilepsy seizure

  • Discuss options for therapy-resistant patients, including drugs, surgery, and electrical stimulation
     

Faculty: R. Edward Faught, MD
Professor of Neurology, Emory University
Director, Emory Epilepsy Program

Disclosure:

Dr. Faught serves on an advisory board for Sage, acts as a consultant to Biogen and Eisai, and receives research support from Brain Sentinel and UCB Pharma.  His presentation has been peer reviewed for any bias.
 
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no real or perceived financial relationships to disclose.

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Accreditation & Designation
The National Association of Managed Care Physicians (NAMCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

NAMCP designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category I creditsTM.

The American Association of Managed Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing
education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses who complete this activity and achieve a passing score will receive 1 hour in continuing
nursing credit.

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing for 1.0 contact hours toward CMCN recertification requirements.

This presentation is supported by educational grants from
Lundbeck and UCB, Inc.

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