Creator: Jamie Talan
Orrin Devinsky, MD, professor of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry, and director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at New York University Langone Medical Center, and his colleagues surveyed neurologists in the United States and Canada about their perspectives on discussing sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP) with their patients or their families. They also surveyed patients and 574 caregivers, virtually all of whom said that they wanted to know about SUDEP. Here, he discusses the results of the surveys presented at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society in December and what neurologists can do to frame the discussion about SUDEP in a more positive way. See the Jan. 3 issue of Neurology Today.