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Targeting Epilepsy

Improving the Lives of People with One of the Nation’s Most Common Neurological Conditions
At A Glance 2011

Health-Related Quality Of Life Among Adults With And Without A History of Epilepsy

Epilepsy StatusNo. of Unhealthy Days in Past 30 Days*

Overall UnhealthyPhysically UnhealthyMentally UnhealthyActivity Limitation
No History of Epilepsy6.13.63.42.2
Inactive Epilepsy11.06.96.15.2
Active Epilepsy§15.110.79.38.4
No Seizures in Past 3 Months§13.08.87.66.4
One or More Seizures in Past 3 Months§17.613.111.411.1

* Self-reported measure of health-related quality of life (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data).

† Respondents with self-reported, doctor-diagnosed seizure disorder or epilepsy who had not had a seizure in the past 3 months and were not taking medication to control epilepsy.

§ Respondents with self-reported, doctor-diagnosed seizure disorder or epilepsy who were currently taking medication to control it, had one or more seizures in the past 3 months, or both.

Source: MMWR 2008;57(SS-6).

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One-Third of People with Epilepsy and Recent Seizures Have Not Seen a Neurologist in Past Year

This figure shows that, among people with epilepsy, 56% reported no recent seizures and 44% reported recent seizures. Of the 44% who reported recent seizures, 29% said they had seen a neurologist in the past year, while 15% said they had not seen a neurologist in the past year. Source: MMWR 2008;57(SS-6).

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