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Title: Disability adjusted life years as measure of burden of epilepsy in persons who undergo seizure monitoring
Authors: Mohan V. Sumedha Maturu
Issue Date: Dec-2019
Publisher: SCTIMST
Abstract: ndia and other developing countries are undergoing a phase of epidemiological transition where in the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCD) is increasing. This transition is probably due to transformation of scenario with improving health care services in preventive and promotive domains. Among various NCDs, Neurological disorders contribute to significant proportion of global burden. (1) Two principal documents which have been published by World Health Organization (WHO) and World federation of Neurology bring attention to the public health challenges posed in management of Neurological disorders, especially in the developing countries with limited resources.(2) In this context, it is of prime importance to determine the magnitude and pattern of Neurological disorders in India through neuroepidemiological approach to facilitate planning and prioritizing health needs at local, regional and national levels of health care delivery system. Epilepsy is a chronic non-communicable disease of the brain that affects people of all ages. The cardinal manifestations of epilepsy are epileptic seizures: that is, recurrent paroxysmal events characterized by stereotyped behavioral alterations reflecting the neural mechanisms involved in the epileptic process. Around 70 million people worldwide have epilepsy, making it one of the most common neurological diseases globally. (3) Nearly 80% of people with epilepsy live in low- and middle-income countries. It is estimated that up to 70% of people living with epilepsy could live seizure- free if properly diagnosed and treated. The risk of premature death in people with epilepsy is up to three times higher than for the general population. Three quarters of people with epilepsy living in low-income countries do not get the treatment they need. In many parts of the world, people with epilepsy and their families suffer from stigma and discrimination. (3)
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