Readmitted after a seizure-related hospitalization: Deja vu

Almost 10% of people will experience a seizure during their lifetime, while the prevalence of epilepsy is close to 1%.1,2 Though it can be difficult at times to diagnose, and management can be complex, epilepsy is considered by many to be an ambulatory care sensitive condition, whereby the majority of care is expected to be provided in an outpatient or office-based medical setting.3 In fact, a large proportion of hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions are thought to be preventable, if quality care is provided in the outpatient setting. However, epilepsy or convulsions account for nearly 4% of total hospitalizations in the United States and represent the fifth most common non-neonatal, nonmaternal cause for admission in children.4,5

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