Consensus guidelines into the management of epilepsy in adults with an intellectual disability

Authors


Professor Michael Kerr, Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Neuadd Meirionnydd, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 1YS, UK (e-mail: kerrmp@cf.ac.uk).

Abstract

Background  Epilepsy has a pervasive impact on the lives of people with intellectual disability and their carers. The delivery of high-quality care is impacted on by the complexity and diversity of epilepsy in this population. This article presents the results of a consensus clinical guideline process.

Results  A Delphi process identified a list of priority areas for the development of evidence-based guidelines. All guidelines were graded and consensus on scoring was achieved across the guideline group.

Conclusion  There is a dearth of high-quality evidence from well-constructed studies on which to base guidance. However, the development of internationally derived consensus guidelines may further support the management of epilepsy in adults with an intellectual disability.

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