Evidence-based models of care for people with epilepsy

Epilepsy Behav. 2012 Jan;23(1):1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2011.10.019. Epub 2011 Nov 30.


Advances in medical science and technology, together with improved medical and nursing care, are continuously improving health outcomes in chronic illness, including epilepsy. The consequent increasing diagnostic and therapeutic complexity is placing a burgeoning strain on health care systems. In response, an international move to transform chronic disease management (CDM) aims to optimize the quality and safety of care while containing health care costs. CDM models recommend: integration of care across organizational boundaries that is supported with information and communication technology; patient self-management; and guideline implementation to promote standardized care. Evidence of the effectiveness of CDM models in epilepsy care is presented in this review article.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Chronic Disease / therapy
  • Disease Management*
  • Epilepsy / therapy*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Humans
  • Primary Health Care
  • Self Care