The prevention research centers' managing epilepsy well network

Epilepsy Behav. 2010 Nov;19(3):218-24. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2010.07.027.


The Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) Network was created in 2007 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Prevention Research Centers and Epilepsy Program to promote epilepsy self-management research and to improve the quality of life for people with epilepsy. MEW Network membership comprises four collaborating centers (Emory University, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, University of Michigan, and University of Washington), representatives from CDC, affiliate members, and community stakeholders. This article describes the MEW Network's background, mission statement, research agenda, and structure. Exploratory and intervention studies conducted by individual collaborating centers are described, as are Network collaborative projects, including a multisite depression prevention intervention and the development of a standard measure of epilepsy self-management. Communication strategies and examples of research translation programs are discussed. The conclusion outlines the Network's role in the future development and dissemination of evidence-based epilepsy self-management programs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research* / methods
  • Biomedical Research* / organization & administration
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S.
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Epilepsy / epidemiology
  • Epilepsy / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Information Services*
  • Preventive Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Preventive Health Services / trends
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Universities