Presidential Symposium: It Takes a Village: Solving the Treatment Gap
Program Length: 120 minutes
The successful pharmacological, surgical and psychosocialmanagement of patients with epilepsy generally requires sustained access tocompetent and knowledgeable physicians and, often, allied healthcare providers,as well as suitable therapies that are continually available, affordable andculturally acceptable. Patients who lack access to appropriate care providersor therapies, or both, are affected by the treatment gap, and represent thelarge majority of patients with epilepsy worldwide, with devastatingconsequences. This symposium explores the underlying reasons for the treatmentgap in developed and developing countries, and explores potential solutions andtheir relevance to the care of all patients with epilepsy.
- Define theextent of the treatment gap in developing and developed countries and theconsequences for patient care
- Identifyunderlying reasons for the treatment gap and describe the Out of the Shadowsglobal campaign
- State theimpact of educational efforts and demonstration projects on the treatment gapand apply that knowledge in meeting treatment gaps in provision of clinicalcare
- Compare andcontrast models for closing treatment gaps in therapeutic areas other thanepilepsy and apply lessons from these models to treatment of patients withepilepsy
- Categorizethe ongoing research and list the unanswered questions that may lead tosolutions for the treatment gap
- Evaluatethe potential impact of global efforts to close the treatment gap on the careof all patients with epilepsy.
Neurologists, nurses and midlevel providers, pharmacists,social scientists, and other professionals in epilepsy care
Chair: Steven C. Schachter, M.D.
It Takes a Village: Overview
Jerome Engel, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
The Epilepsy Treatment Gap: Where and Why
Samuel Wiebe, M.D.
Approaches to Narrowing the Treatment Gap in Epilepsy
Gretchen Birbeck, M.D., M.P.H.
Models for Closing Treatment Gaps Outside of Epilepsy
John Howe, M.D.
Calling All Villagers: Where Do We Go From Here?
Steven C. Schachter, M.D.