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Managing epilepsy in older people: Optimising outcomes in general practice

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This education is accredited: RACGP 4 CPD, ACRRM 2 CME PD.

Epilepsy is a common problem for older adults, and has a greater impact in older people compared to younger populations. This module describes key differences between the causes and presentation of epilepsy in older versus younger people, as well as special considerations for prescribing antiseizure drugs for older people. This two-hour activity contains a online learning module as well as a patient review exercise involving preparation of a GP Management Plan for a patient.

On completion of this education activity participants will be able to:
  • Understand key differences between the causes and presentation of new-onset epilepsy in older versus younger patients.
  • Choose appropriate antiseizure drugs for older patients, based on current treatment guidelines and individual patient circumstances.
  • Select relevant patient information to support older patients with suspected or confirmed epilepsy.
  • Create an effective GP Management Plan for the ongoing care of an older person with epilepsy.

This activity is sponsored by UCB.

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Components
Managing epilepsy in older people – Predisposing activity
Managing epilepsy in older people – Education
Managing epilepsy in older people – Reflection exercise
Managing epilepsy in older people – Reinforcing activity
Managing epilepsy in older people – Evaluation