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Annual Course 2015 - The Complex Interaction of Patients, Physicians and the Media

Recorded December 6, 2015 at the 69th Annual Meeting of the AES

This year’s Annual Course focuses on the complex relationship between patients with epilepsy, their treating neurologists and other care providers, and the media. This topic is very timely in light of the growth and impact of the Internet and social media. The Annual Course delves into detail about the way information is portrayed and communicated about epilepsy through the media. Rather than the usual case vignettes, these vignettes focus on the common interactions over the course of a working day between an epileptologist and patients, families and caregivers focused on media-provided information.
Didactic lectures and debates are combined with illustrative examples. Topics include seizure detection (dogs and devices), driving rules, cannabadiols and SUDEP.

Learning Objectives
Following participation in this symposium, learners should be able to:
• Recognize the complex relationship between physicians and the media in regards to epilepsy and has an improved ability to be interviewed, answer patient questions about media reports and effectively respond to media-generated debates about topics such as seizure detection devices, SUDEP, driving restrictions, cannabadiols and epilepsy stimulation techniques.
• Answer patient/care giver questions about media reports related to epilepsy care including discussions of seizure detection devices, SUDEP, driving restrictions, cannabadiols, and epilepsy stimulation techniques.
• Become aware of the issues related to controlled substances, black box warnings and teratogenicity as well as the evidence for and against utilization of cannabadiol for epilepsy treatment.
• Be aware of the impact of media reports on patient decision-making on topics such as new detection devices, driving and therapies. Learner utilizes resources provided by patient advocacy support groups to assist in addressing psychological functioning of patients.

Target Audience
Basic, Intermediate and Advanced

Commercial Support Acknowledgement
Live activity was supported in part by an educational grant from GW Pharmaceuticals.

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