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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
Year Published: 

Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding

Description of Resource: 
The 2012 Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report “Epilepsy Across the Spectrum” provides an independent review of the public health dimensions of the epilepsies following institutional standards set for objectivity and evidence. The IOM focused on reviewing available evidence around public health surveillance and data collection; population and public health research; health policy, health care, and human services; and education for people with the disorder and their families, health care providers, and the public. Based on population and epidemiologic studies, about 1 in 26 or 2 million persons in the United States have epilepsy, and about 150,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. The report highlights evidence-based programs for epilepsy self-management in adults and children and for treatment of epilepsy and co-morbidities. It offers numerous recommended approaches to improving access to care and quality of life in people with epilepsy.

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Developed By: 
Institute of Medicine
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Disability and Health
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Non-Systematic Review
Expert Opinion
England MJ, Liverman CT, Schultz AM, Strawbridge LM, eds., and Committee on the Public Health Dimensions of the Epilepsies, Board on Health Sciences Policy, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Epilepsy Across the Spectrum: Promoting Health and Understanding [Internet]. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2012 Mar 30 [cited 2014 Mar 10]. Available from: