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Better epilepsy services
Epilepsy experts have stressed there is still a long way to go in providing a gold standard service for people with epilepsy.
Speaking at the congress, experts have said there are too many unwieldy recommendations about patient care and not enough focused research into the efficacy of anti-epileptic drugs.
NICE director of clinical practice, Mark Baker, said the NICE guidelines on epilepsy 'need to get grippy about things people with epilepsy really need' rather than issuing hundreds of recommendations.
Alongside the call for fewer but more patient-focused recommendations, Emilio Perucca, treasurer of the International League Against Epilepsy, urged governments worldwide to invest more money in research into anti-epileptic drugs, in order to optimise seizure control and quality of life for people with epilepsy.
And professor of neurology at The Walton Centre, Liverpool, Tony Marson underlined the need for a better framework for assessing the best use of imaging techniques such as MRI, PET and SPECT.
Author: Nicola Swanborough