Epidemiology of Epilepsies in Developed Countries

  • Christine Linehan
  • Mike Kerr

Short Description

Epidemiological investigations provide important insights into the distribution of and burden imposed by disease. As such, these data should be pivotal in aiding the understanding of disease and thus improving treatment. In particular, epidemiological data can drive the appropriate delivery of health services. Unfortunately, this is an ideal rarely matched in practice.

The collection of epidemiological data in the epilepsies poses certain challenges. Some are specific to epilepsies such as definition, the complex range of etiologies, and the remitting nature of the condition. Others are common to many disease areas, such as ensuring adequate representation through true population survey rather than service-specific populations.

This chapter focuses on developed countries, in themselves a group with definitional challenges. These will be considered to reflect a group of countries linked by a high level of per capita income and industrialization. The exploration of...


Intellectual Disability Central Nervous System Disease Case Ascertainment Epilepsy Syndrome Lennox Gastaut Syndrome 
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List of Abbreviations


Disability-adjusted life years


International League Against Epilepsy


Antiepileptic drug


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Linehan
    • 1
  • Mike Kerr
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Disability Studies, School of PsychologyUniversity College Dublin Ireland
  2. 2.Department of Psychological MedicineSchool of Medicine, Cardiff UniversityCardiffUK

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