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Interprofessional Care Symposium | Ethical Considerations That Impact Professionals Caring for the Patient with Epilepsy

Challenges arise to providing comprehensive care for persons with epilepsy, particularly in transition to adult epilepsy care, the use of technology to provide behavioral health care, decisions surrounding anti-seizure medications, and the use of behavioral health measures as outcome data in research. The Interprofessional Care Symposium will focus on bioethical considerations in each of these areas by providing general knowledge on bioethics and practical solutions for addressing particular bioethical challenges relevant to providing comprehensive epilepsy care.

Learning Objectives

Following participation in this activity, learners will be able to:
  • Recognize bioethical considerations in the comprehensive care of persons with epilepsy
  • Implement strategies to address bioethical considerations in the areas of transition to adult care, use of technology to deliver behavioral health services, decision making pertaining to anti-seizure medication, and use of behavioral health outcome measures in research
  • Delineate the role and responsibilities of interprofessionals as part of the comprehensive epilepsy team in addressing bioethical considerations in the care of persons with epilepsy.
Co-chairs: Janelle Wagner, PhD, and Madona Pleuger, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, APRN, CNRN
Introduction: Overview of QoL in Persons with Epilepsy: Janelle Wagner, PhD
Don’t Run Away from Bioethics: Overview of Bioethics: Mary O’Keefe, PhD, JD, RN, FAAN
Ethical Aspects of Transition Care: Challenges and Promising Practices: Eric Racine, PhD
Using Technology in the VA System to Treat Behavioral Health Comorbidities: Hamada Hamid Altalib, DO, MPH
Self-management Support and Collecting Behavioral Health Outcome Data: Martha Sajatovic, MD (The Rebecca Goldberg Kaufman AES Clinical Award in Ethical Neuropsychiatry)
The “Cost of Medications:" Viet-Huong Nguyen, PharmD, MPH, MSc
Conclusion and Q&A Panel: Madona Plueger, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, APRN, CNRN

Target Audience

Adult Neurologists/Clinician (MD/DO), Pediatric Neurologists/Clinician (MD/DO), Allied Health Professionals/Advance Practice Providers, Nurses, Neuropsychology/Behavioral Health, Clinical Trainee Student/Fellow, Pharmacists

Program purpose

Knowledge, competence, performance

Career stage

Early, mid-career, established