Journal article

Neurologist-patient communication about epilepsy in the United States, Spain, and Germany

John M Stern, Fernando Cendes, Frank Gilliam, Patrick Kwan, Philippe Ryvlin, Joseph Sirven, Brien Smith, Aleksandra Adomas, Lauren Walter

NEUROLOGY-CLINICAL PRACTICE | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2018

Abstract

Background: Effective communication between patients and their health care providers is recognized as critically important to improve the quality of health services for individuals with epilepsy. We aimed to describe in-office neurologist-patient conversations about epilepsy and focus on disease identification, shared decision-making, and care planning. Methods: Transcripts and audio recordings of conversations between patients and neurologists in the United States, Spain, and Germany were analyzed linguistically in the topic areas of epilepsy identification and diagnosis, disease education, treatments, and care planning. Analyses included word-level assessments, topic switching, strategies ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by UCB, Inc., Atlanta, GA. The authors were responsible for all content and editorial decisions, and received no honoraria related to the development of this publication.