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Evaluation of a Seizure Action Plan in an Adult Epilepsy Center.

BACKGROUND: Seizure action plans (SAPs) provide valuable information for patients to manage seizure emergencies, but are underutilized in adult epilepsy centers. The purpose of this project was to implement a structured SAP for adult patients with epilepsy.

METHODS: A pre/postimplementation design was used. Provider SAP utilization rates were analyzed over a 16-week period. A pre and postimplementation survey assessed participant perceived impact of the SAP on knowledge and comfort associated with managing seizure emergencies. Provider barriers and facilitators were also assessed.

RESULTS: Average provider SAP utilization rate was 51.45%. A total of 204 participants completed the surveys, which showed a significant increase in knowledge and comfort for all items, p < 0.001. At postsurvey analysis, 98% of participants felt that all patients with epilepsy should have a SAP regardless of seizure burden.

DISCUSSION: Implementing a structured SAP increased provider utilization and patient and care partner knowledge and comfort of managing seizure emergencies.

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