Improving the Transition from Child to Adult Epilepsy Care in Ontario

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When children with epilepsy reach a certain age, they must transfer from child (pediatric) to adult hospital care. The transition can be a difficult one, as healthcare providers and support levels change. This is even more difficult when the individual with epilepsy has intellectual or behavioural problems.

Since 2007, there has been a Transition Epilepsy Program that bridges care from The Hospital for Sick Children to Toronto Western Hospital. Dr. Danielle Andrade is studying the unique needs of people who transition from pediatric care to adult care and determining how the adult system can best meet their needs, considering their drug-resistant seizures, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. As part of the Transition Epilepsy Program, Dr. Andrade is also conducting studies in some patients with genetic, childhood epilepsies to assess their epilepsy outcomes.

To add to this work, Dr. Andrade is planning a new research project to compare the clinical outcomes of centres with a Transition Program relative to centres without a Transition Program. It is her hope that the Transition Epilepsy Program at the Toronto Western Hospital will become a model of best practice for all of Ontario and beyond.

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