New IOM Report on Epilepsy

A new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) highlights gaps in the knowledge and management of epilepsy. The report recommends specific actions to promote a better understanding of the disorder and improve the lives of patients with epilepsy and their families.

According to the IOM, “although epilepsy is one of the nation’s most common neurological disorders, public understanding of it is limited. Many people do not know the causes of epilepsy or what they should do if they see someone having a seizure. Epilepsy is a complex spectrum of disorders that affects an estimated 2.2 million Americans in a variety of ways, and is characterized by unpredictable seizures that differ in type, cause, and severity. Yet living with epilepsy is about much more than just seizures; the disorder is often defined in practical terms, such as challenges in school, uncertainties about social situations and employment, limitations on driving, and questions about independent living.”

Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding