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: Treatment of Convulsive Status Epilepticus in Children and Adults: Report of the Guideline Committee of the American Epilepsy Society
- 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 Guideline Summary: SUDEP Incidence Rates and Risk Factors: Report of the Guideline Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Epilepsy Society
- 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: These guidelines are designed to assist clinicians by providing an analytic framework for evaluating and treating patients. It is not intended to establish a community standard of care, replace a clinician’s medical judgment, or establish a protocol for all patients. The clinical conditions contemplated by these guidelines will not fit or work with all patients. Approaches not covered in these guidelines may be appropriate.
Reviewed: Guidelines Committee, 2015