Journal article

Newly diagnosed seizures assessed at two established first seizure clinics: Clinic characteristics, investigations, and findings over 11 years

Anne M McIntosh, K Meng Tan, Tahir M Hakami, Mark R Newton, Patrick W Carney, Mengjiazhi Yang, Sibel Saya, David JT Marco, Piero Perucca, Patrick Kwan, Terence J O'Brien, Samuel F Berkovic

Epilepsia Open | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Objective: 'First seizure' clinics (FSCs) aim to achieve early expert assessment for individuals with possible new-onset epilepsy. These clinics also have substantial potential for research into epilepsy evolution, outcomes, and costs. However, a paucity of FSCs details has implications for interpretation and utilization of this research. Methods: We reviewed investigation findings over 11 years (2000-2010) from two established independent FSCs at Austin Health (AH) and Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH), Australia. These adult clinics are in major public hospitals and operate with similar levels of expertise. Organizational differences include screening and dedicated administration at AH. Inclu..

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