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Brain Sci. 2018, 8(2), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci8020022

Epilepsy: A Call for Help

Department of Neurosurgery, Loma Linda University; Loma Linda, CA 92354, USA
Received: 15 November 2017 / Revised: 15 January 2018 / Accepted: 16 January 2018 / Published: 28 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Diagnosis and Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy)
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Abstract

Epilepsy is a considerable individual and social economic burden. In properly selected patients, epilepsy surgery can provide significant relief from disease, including remission. However, the surgical treatment of epilepsy lags in terms of knowledge and technology. The problem arises due to its slow adaptation and dissemination. This article explores this issue of a wide treatment gap and its causes. It develops a framework for a rational decision-making process that is appropriate for extant circumstances and will result in the speedy delivery of surgical care for suitable patients with medically intractable epilepsy. View Full-Text
Keywords: epilepsy; epilepsy surgery; decision analysis; treatment gap; game theory; economics; efficiency; resource allocation; return on investment epilepsy; epilepsy surgery; decision analysis; treatment gap; game theory; economics; efficiency; resource allocation; return on investment
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