An audit of care provided for children with epilepsy in the South Tees area

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SummaryThis study examined the knowledge carers of children with epilepsy have of the condition and its management. It also examined their experience of medical services for their child and the attitude of staff at their schools. A school nursing sister using a semi-structured technique interviewed 48 carers of 53 children. A majority expressed dissatisfaction with outpatient medical care, especially that outpatient visits did not improve their knowledge of the condition or its treatment. Twenty-eight carers were not satisfied with the attitude of staff at schools. Ways to improve the service are discussed, including the role of the specialist community children's nurse and the need to see children with epilepsy in a dedicated clinic.

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