10-07-2018| Trinity College’s SENSE study published in a leading epilepsy journal

10 July 2018
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A Trinity College study that emphasised the importance of Epilepsy Specialist Nurses (ESNs) has been published in one Epilepsy's leading journals. 'Epilepsy & Behaviour' is the fastest-growing international journal which focuses on the behavioural aspects of seizures and epilepsy. The study was published in a section entitled "Comparisons between services with or without Epilepsy Specialist Nurses"

TCD's SENSE study (Authored by Prof. Agnes Higgins) showed that ESNs had a very positive impact of the health of people with epilepsy and is a cost effective way of delivering quality care to thousands of epilepsy patients and their families while reducing attendance at emergency departments.

 The SENSE Report funded by Epilepsy Ireland and Health Research Board found that as a result of ESNs:

There was:

  • Improved co-ordination and continuity of care, more prompt identification of problems and improved satisfaction with care;
  • A reduced attendance at emergency departments;
  • People with epilepsy in the study who received care from an ESN had the same costs as those treated in a non-ESN site but experienced better outcomes in the management and treatment of their epilepsy
  • People with epilepsy had increased access to specialist epilepsy care and more services available to them

Epilepsy Ireland believes the fact SENSE has been included in 'Epilepsy & Behaviour' reinforces the success of ESNs and the need for more posts in the future to improve the quality of care.

SENSE Report - Key findings 


Attached Documents

PDF icon Epilepsy & Behavior - Sense (PWE_care_experiences_comparison.pdf | 406 kB)


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