This symposium presents recent research and practice evidence regarding how assessing, evaluating and treating the psychosocial comorbidities of epilepsy is part of comprehensive lifespan care for persons with epilepsy and their families. As per the IOM Epilepsy Across the Spectrum (2012) recommendations, treating psychosocial comorbidities is a priority and supports improved health outcomes and quality of life. Attendees will be prepared to apply this information to meet the comprehensive care needs of patients with epilepsy and their families. In addition, possible interventions to accommodate lack of resources and funding regarding psychosocial comorbidities of epilepsy will also be addressed.
Following participation in this session, learners should be able to:
- Delineate and implement strategies to assess and treat psychosocial comorbidities care into practice, to include: networking with other health care providers regarding comprehensive patient care needs, including the primary care provider, other epilepsy specialists and community organizations.
- Recognize and actively participate in the assessment and treatment of psychosocial comorbidities as part of the comprehensive epilepsy team including providing education, resources and counseling to persons with epilepsy and their families.
- Recognize and engage in the interprofessional contribution of pharmacists as part of the comprehensive epilepsy team assessing the patient's medication therapy adherence and treatment needs.
- Recognize the interprofessional contribution of
- psychologists / neuropsychologists as part of the comprehensive epilepsy team in assessing the psychosocial comorbidities of epilepsy including referrals for and evidence-based therapeutic interventions for patients with epilepsy and their family members.
Basic, Intermediate and Advanced
Co-Chairs: Gigi Smith, Ph.D., MSN, CPNP, and Janelle Wagner, Ph.D.
Janelle Wagner, Ph.D.
Cognitive and Behavioral Comorbidities of Epilepsy Throughout the Lifespan
Jana Jones, Ph.D.
Screening Practices for Psychosocial Comorbidities in Epilepsy: Preliminary Survey Results
Mary Lou Smith, Ph.D., and Rochelle Caplan, M.D.
Pediatric Epilepsy Side Effects Questionnaire and Clinically Meaningful Change
Diego Morita, M.D.
Assessing Psychosocial Comorbidities in Adults with Epilepsy in the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and Outpatient Clinic
Madona Plueger, MSN, CNRN, ACNS-BC
Conclusion and Faculty Panel
Gigi Smith, Ph.D., MSN, CPNP
COMMERCIAL SUPPORT ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Supported in part by educational grants from Eisai Inc., UCB, Inc., and Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Attendees of the 2016 Annual Meeting have free access to recordings.