08-03-2017 | Liverpool University - What is the correct way to talk about epilepsy?

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How to refer to someone with epilepsy is a subject that sparks much debate. Should you say a "person with epilepsy" or an "epileptic"? Liverpool University, in a unique piece of research, surveyed over 900 people with epilepsy and significant others from the UK and Ireland (including Epilepsy Ireland service users and members) about which terminology they prefer to use.

The main findings from the study were:

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For more information on the study log onto: http://www.epilepsybehavior.com/article/S1525-5050(16)30515-7/fulltex.

See also: Debate on this issue at the 2014 National Epilepsy Conference