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Acta Neurol Scand Suppl. 1992;140:101-5.

Epilepsy care in The Netherlands.

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  • 1Instituut voor Epilepsiebestrijding Meer & Bosch-De Cruquiushoeve, Heemstede, The Netherlands.


In this article models of epilepsy care in the Netherlands are outlined. Mostly this care is aimed at people with uncontrolled epilepsy who may have suffered from the adverse effects of ignorance, prejudice and even discrimination. Many of these adverse factors should be avoidable in future as the educational programmes for people with epilepsy, professionals and the general public take full effect. Meanwhile there is a great deal that can be done to rehabilitate people whose seizures are a problem and whose social abilities fall short of the standards that are required for independent and self-fulfilling living in any society. The models of care described are very sophisticated and they have been developed over many years. They require well-trained and motivated staff and sometimes elaborate and expensive medical diagnostic equipment. But this should not put anybody off as the principles behind any model of care should be the same: Accurate diagnosis. Optimal drug and other treatment (this should be optimal treatment available in that country). Education of the patient and family about all aspects of epilepsy. Opportunity to share experiences. A multidisciplinary approach to identified problems (a multidisciplinary approach can be taken by one person, although a team of people from different disciplines is ideal.) Objectives agreed by all participants.

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