Martha Morrell

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  • Health issues for women with epilepsy: A descriptive survey to assess knowledge and awareness among healthcare providers JOURNAL OF WOMENS HEALTH & GENDER-BASED MEDICINE Morrell, M. J., Sarto, G. E., Shafer, P. O., Borda, E. A., Herzog, A., Callanan, M. 2000; 9 (9): 959-965


    The American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently issued practice parameters for women with epilepsy. These parameters suggest optimal care practices. To assess knowledge of the issues covered in the parameters and to facilitate educational efforts to promote best care, the Epilepsy Foundation conducted a survey of healthcare professionals likely to provide care to women with epilepsy. The survey sampled 3535 healthcare professionals across a wide range of specialties. Most respondents did not know the specific effects of estrogen and progesterone on the seizure threshold, were not aware of menstrual-associated seizure patterns, and could not identify which antiepileptic drugs interfere with oral contraceptives. The majority of respondents did not know that women with epilepsy have higher rates of infertility, reproductive endocrine disorders, and sexual dysfunction. Most respondents did not know the frequency of birth defects in children born to women with epilepsy. Providers seeing the largest number of persons with epilepsy were more likely to have correct answers. By specialty, neurologists provided the highest number of correct responses, followed (in descending order) by endocrinologists, obstetricians/gynecologists, internal medicine physicians, family practice physicians, and pediatricians. These results suggest that women with epilepsy are not receiving adequate counseling and that care practices may not conform to those recommended.

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