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Reducing the risk of SUDEP: What GPs need to know

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

Part 1 of this 2-hour module contains information about SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy) and strategies for discussing the risks of SUDEP with patients and their families. In part 2 you will be asked to use the SUDEP and Seizure Safety Checklist*, to assess two people with epilepsy in your practice.

By completing this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy) and its possible causes.
  • Introduce patients with epilepsy to the concept of SUDEP, and put the risk of SUDEP into perspective.
  • Support a patient with epilepsy in identifying and managing their modifiable risk factors for SUDEP.
  • Use the SUDEP and Seizure Safety Checklist, and other tools, to identify SUDEP risk factors and guide ongoing management of those risk factors.

*The SUDEP and Seizure Safety Checklist Project, developed in the UK, is a collaboration between SUDEP Action & Cornwall partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Epilepsy Action Australia worked in collaboration with SUDEP UK to make the Checklist available in Australia.

This activity was developed with support from Epilepsy Action Australia.

This activity is sponsored by UCB.

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Components
Reducing the risk of SUDEP – Predisposing activity
Reducing the risk of SUDEP – Education
Reducing the risk of SUDEP – Reflection exercise
Reducing the risk of SUDEP – Reinforcing activity
Reducing the risk of SUDEP – Evaluation