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J Child Neurol. 2009 Dec;24(12):1482-5. doi: 10.1177/0883073809332766. Epub 2009 Mar 18.

Practice parameters in child neurology: do pediatricians use them?

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. james.bale@hsc.utah.edu


We assessed pediatrician awareness of the parameter ''Evaluating the first non-febrile seizure in children'' and how the concepts of this parameter were incorporated into practice. Although most reported caring for children with seizures, 60% were not aware of the practice parameter. When given the clinical scenario of an otherwise healthy 8-year-old child with a first, unprovoked seizure, management was variable. Most (83%) would obtain an electroencephalography, and many (58%) would order an imaging study, usually a magnetic resonance imaging. However, most were also likely to order laboratory studies that were not indicated given the scenario and the practice parameter. This pilot study suggests that pediatricians may not be aware of this practice parameter and many may not be incorporating evidence-based recommendations regarding the evaluation of children with new-onset seizures.

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