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Audit of Epilepsy Clinics in South East Thames: Are We NICE?

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Background: NICE has suggested that paediatric epilepsy services should undergo regular audit. An audit was done to gain a snapshot across South East Thames clinics. Method: Audit in South East Thames was conducted in 2010. Results: In 86.5% seizure classification and in 42.8% a syndromic diagnosis was made. cQT interval was calculated in 10.1% cases and 91.8% had an EEG. In 48.5% adverse effects of drugs were communicated. 41.3% were given information leaflets/directed to the appropriate website. In 70.7% developmental/academic progress was documented. 61% had a written care plan. 70.2% had the copy letter to parents/carers whereas it was sent to School & Child Health in 35.1%. 23.1% had access to specialist epilepsy nurse. Conclusions: This audit was a snapshot. The results showed that the care of children with epilepsy is consistent with the NICE guidelines in many aspects but patchy in the UK.

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S. Banerjee and S. Sahi, "Audit of Epilepsy Clinics in South East Thames: Are We NICE?," Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science, Vol. 1 No. 2, 2011, pp. 75-79. doi: 10.4236/jbbs.2011.12010.

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