Sumary of Accreditation program increased availability of specialty epilepsy care in US:
- December 10, 2021 1 min read ADD TOPIC TO EMAIL ALERTS Receive an email when new articles are posted on Please provide your email address to receive an email when new articles are posted on .
- Back to Healio Specialty epilepsy care availability increased in the U.S. following implementation of the National Association of Epilepsy Centers’ accreditation program, according to study results published in Neurology.
- “Kaiboriboon and colleagues reviewed [National Association of Epilepsy Center (NAEC)] annual report data between 2003 and 2012 and reported growth in number of epilepsy centers, total surgeries and total [vagus nerve stimulator] insertions across NAEC centers,” Adam P.
- This article describes recent data trends and current state of resources and practice across NAEC member centers and identifies several future directions for driving systematic improvements in epilepsy care.
- ” The researchers examined data reported in 2012, 2016 and 2019 from all level 3 and level 4 epilepsy centers accredited by the NAEC.
- They also reported growth of 41% in epilepsy monitoring unit admissions, 26% in EMU beds and 109% in epileptologists per population, as well as broad expansion of access to specialized testing and services.
- Corpus callosotomies and vagus nerve stimulator implantations declined 12.8% and 2.4%, respectively.
- “Specialty epilepsy care in the U.S. has significantly changed over the study period,” Ostendorf and colleagues wrote.