About one-half of adults with active epilepsy and seizures have annual family incomes under $25,000: The 2010 and 2013 US National Health Interview Surveys

Epilepsy Behav. 2016 May;58:33-4. doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2016.02.024. Epub 2016 Mar 31.

Abstract

People with active epilepsy are those who reported being told that they have epilepsy or a seizure disorder and either take antiseizure medication or have had a seizure during the past 12months. We used combined 2010 and 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data on US adults with active epilepsy to examine whether taking medications and seizure frequency differed by sex, age, race/ethnicity, and reported or imputed annual family income. Of adults with active epilepsy, 45.5% reported taking medication and having at least one seizure, 41.3% reported taking medication and having no seizures, and 13.2% reported not taking any medication and having at least one seizure. About one-half of adults with active epilepsy and seizures have annual family incomes of less than $25,000. Promoting self-management supports and improved access to specialty care may reduce the burden of uncontrolled seizures in adults with epilepsy.

Keywords: Disparities; Epidemiology; Epilepsy; Population surveys; Seizures.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use*
  • Epilepsy / diagnosis*
  • Epilepsy / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Seizures / diagnosis*
  • Seizures / drug therapy
  • Self Care
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Socioeconomic Factors

Substances

  • Anticonvulsants