Journal article

Impact of COVID-19 on seizure-related emergency attendances and hospital admissions - A territory-wide observational study

William CY Leung, Eric HY Lau, Patrick Kwan, Richard Shek-kwan Chang

Epilepsy and Behavior | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2021

Abstract

This is a territory-wide study to investigate the impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) attendances and acute ward admissions for seizures. Adult patients who presented to the A&E with seizures from January 23, 2020 to March 24, 2020 (study period) were included and compared with parallel intervals from 2015 to 2019 (control periods). Preexisting time trend in control periods and potential changes during COVID-19 were analyzed by Poisson, negative and logistic regression models. Accident and Emergency Department attendances and ward admissions for seizures decreased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 319 and 230 ..

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