Professionals in Epilepsy Care Symposium: How Practitioners Can Use Neuropsychological Testing to Improve Patient Care and Outcomes
Program Length: 150 minutes
Neuropsychological assessment has played a prominent role in epilepsy care for many decades. Neuropsychological functioning has been related to many outcomes in children and adults with epilepsy, including academic and vocational success, social functioning, and mental health. Furthermore, cognitive functioning can affect the degree to which individuals with epilepsy can participate in their clinical education and self-care. Existing and emerging research findings have important implications for how professionals in epilepsy care should use neuropsychological test results to change patient outcomes in a variety of spheres. This symposium will help clinicians from wide-ranging backgrounds and specialties translate neuropsychological test findings into relevant interventions and multidisciplinary collaborations for improving outcomes in patients across the lifespan.
• Apply a theoretical model to conceptualize the role of neuropsychological functioning in various psychosocial outcomes among children and adults with epilepsy and refer for neuropsychological evaluation and intervention in timely fashion
• Collaborate more closely with school staff and educational specialists to ensure that cognitive and behavioral strengths are incorporated into an individualized treatment plan to improve academic performance in children and adolescents with epilepsy
• Collaborate more closely with vocational rehabilitation specialists to use documented cognitive and behavioral strengths to optimize vocational success in adults with epilepsy
• Utilize neuropsychological data in coordinating psychiatric treatment plans to enhance psychosocial adaptation and quality of life
• Tailor patient education and care to the individual’s cognitive limitations, coordinate consultations and interventions by multiple disciplines, and monitor the individual’s academic, vocational, and mental health progress.
Basic / fundamentals, Intermediate (see page 101 for details)
Co-Chairs: Philip S. Fastenau, Ph.D. and Linda Allen, B.S.N., RN
Overview of Neuropsychological Functioning in Epilepsy Across the Lifespan and Implications for Use of Testing to Modify Patient Outcomes
Philip S. Fastenau, Ph.D.
How to Use Neuropsychological Test Results to Improve Academic and Behavioral Outcomes in Schools
Mary Lou Smith, Ph.D.
Role of Neuropsychological Functioning in Vocational Rehabilitation
Robert T. Fraser, Ph.D., M.P.A., C.R.C., C.L.C.P.
Role of Neuropsychological Functioning in Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment
Rochelle Caplan, M.D.
Role of Neuropsychological Functioning in Patient Education and Coordination of Care
Madona D. Plueger, B.S.N., RN, CNRN
Case Presentation and Discussion
Linda Allen, B.S.N., RN