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Epilepsy: clinical review

Epilepsy: clinical review

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Clinical Review

Time to Complete

1.5 hours


August 28, 2013


May 30, 2016

Programme Description

In this article Dr Melissa Maguire covers the diagnosis and management of epilepsy including prevalence, clinical features and investigations. Key learning points for GPs and other healthcare professionals are how to take a detailed clinical history, choosing an anti-epileptic drug and surgical options.

Educational Objectives

After taking this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:

  • Appreciate the prevalence of epilepsy and how it varies internationally
  • Understand how epilepsy is classified by its presentation and its cause
  • Take a focussed, relevant history and consider an appropriate differential diagnosis when consulting with a patient presenting with a possible seizure
  • Appropriately refer and manage a patient presenting with a history of a possible seizure
  • Explain how the results of tests, used to investigate seizure(s), can be interpreted and/or used
  • Address an annual review for patients with epilepsy in a systematic and comprehensive way
  • Describe the prognosis of epilepsy to patients, recognising risk factors for recurrent seizures
  • Faculty

    Activity author
    Dr Melissa Maguire
    Consultant neurologist

    Test author
    Dr Elizabeth Cottrell
    Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice Specialty Training
    NHS North Staffordshire and Keele University


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1.5 learning credits (1.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs'.


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    • A computer with an internet connection
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