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2.7 Patients with controlled epilepsy

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Approximately 70% of adults with epilepsy have seizures that could be completely controlled.1 One of the key roles of primary care in the shared care of epilepsy is to ensure that a review is offered to these patients at least annually in order to document drug dosage, regimen and side-effects; and where appropriate to ensure contraception, and pregnancy advice is given.2 Re-referrals should be made if seizures are uncontrolled.


1 Frost S et al. 2002. National Statement of Good Practice for the Treatment and Care of People Who Have Epilepsy. Liverpool: Joint Epilepsy Council.

2 Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN), 2003. Diagnosis and management of epilepsy in adults. A national clinical guideline. Edinburgh: SIGN.

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