Keeping current on evidence-based guidelines and practice parameters is critical for epilepsy professionals to provide quality care to patients and families. The following sections provide resources or links to epilepsy-related guidelines or practice parameters that may be useful for health care professionals.
Resources pertaining to comorbidities of epilepsy are listed by Guidelines or Practice Parameters. All practice parameters and guidelines related to the care and treatment of epilepsy are developed collaboratively between the American Epilepsy Society and the American Academy of Neurology. Members of the AES sit on all epilepsy-related guideline workgroups.
- Evidence-based Guideline: Management of First Unprovoked Seizure in Adults
- Evidence-based Guideline: Treatment of Parenchymal Neurocysticercosis
- Evidence-based Guideline: Evaluation and managment of concussion in sports
- Evidence-based Guideline: Vagus nerve stimulation for the treatment of epilepsy
- Practice Parameter update: Management issues for women with epilepsy - Focus on pregnancy: Obstetrical complications and change in seizure frequency
- Practice Parameter update: Managment issues for women with epilepsy - Focus on pregnancy: Vitamin K, folic acid, blood levels, and breastfeeding
- Practice Parameter update: Management issues for women with epilepsy - Focus on pregnancy: Teratogenesis and perinatal outcomes
- Practice Parameter: Treatment of the child with a first unprovoked seizure
- Practice Parameter: Diagnostic assessment of the child with status epilepticus
- Practice Parameter: Evaluating an apparent unprovoked first seizure in adults
- Practice Parameter: Temporal lobe and localized neocortical resections for epilepsy
- Antiepileptic Drug Selection for People with HIV/AIDS
- Treatment of New Onset Epilepsy
- Treatment of Refractory Epilepsy
- Use of serum prolactin in diagnosing epileptic seizures
The American Epilepsy Society offers the following definition of Guidelines listed in this section.
Guidelines – evidence based. Examples are the guidelines developed through the AAN mechanism with input and inclusion from AES members. Each guideline makes specific practice recommendations based upon a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation of all available scientific data. ILAE is another common resource. Others organizations will be considered such as American Academy of Pediatrics, and nursing organizations.
Approval process: Approval is through individual societies, but then scored by the AES Guidelines Committee.
Disclaimer: AES is providing this document without representations or warranties of any kind and for information only, and it is not intended to suggest how a specific patient should receive medical treatment. Determination of whether and/or how to use all or any portion of this document is to be made in your sole and absolute discretion. No part of this document constitutes medical advice. As a clinician, your knowledge of the individual patient and judgment about what is appropriate and helpful to them should be used in making clinical decisions.
Reviewed: Guidelines Committee, 2013