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Mortality in people with intellectual disabilities and epilepsy: a systematic review

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Seizure - European Journal of Epilepsy
Volume29
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)123-133
Publication statusPublished
Early online date20/04/15
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Purpose: Epilepsy is highly prevalent in people with intellectual disabilities and mortality is increased in people with epilepsy generally. This review summarises research on the comparative risk of mortality in people with intellectual disabilities and epilepsy compared to the general population, people with intellectual disabilities without epilepsy, and people with epilepsy without intellectual disabilities.

Method: Studies were identified via electronic searches using Medline, Cinahl and PsycINFO and cross-citations. Information extracted from studies was tabulated and reviewed narratively.

Results: Sixteen studies met the inclusion criteria. Epilepsy was associated with increased mortality in people with intellectual disabilities in most studies, particularly in those experiencing recent seizures. Further research is needed to substantiate some of the reported findings.

Conclusion: Services must be equipped with the skills and information needed to manage this condition in order to minimise the risk of death in people with intellectual disabilities and epilepsy. (C) 2015 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Seizure. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Seizure, 29, 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.seizure.2015.04.004