FACETS of health disparities in epilepsy surgery and gaps that need to be addressed

Cody L. Nathan, Camilo Gutierrez*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose of review Disparities in treatment and outcomes of patients with epilepsy have been identified in several distinct patient populations. The purpose of this review is to organize the literature and establish clear pathways as to why certain patient populations are not receiving epilepsy surgery. By establishing the acronym FACETS (fear of treatment, access to care, communication barriers, education, trust between patient and physician, and social support), we set up a pathway to further study this area in an organized fashion, hopefully leading to objective solutions. Recent findings Studies revealed that African American, Hispanic, and non-English-speaking patients underwent surgical treatment for epilepsy at rates significantly lower compared to white patients. Summary This article explains possible reasons outlined by FACETS for the health disparities in epilepsy surgery that exist in patients of a certain race, socioeconomic status, and language proficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-345
Number of pages6
JournalNeurology: Clinical Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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