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GPs let down by hospital epilepsy recording

GPs are being let down by a failure to record information about the diagnoses of patients with epilepsy in secondary care, researchers have warned.

A case notes review of 1,333 patients from 27 practices whose epilepsy was diagnosed and classified in secondary care found 24% did not have a record of type of epilepsy, and epilepsy registers were often inaccurate.

The authors said epilepsy care could be improved by using review and monitoring systems to ensure a complete and accurate epilepsy register and appropriate annual clinical and medication review.

Dr Henry Smithson, a former GP in York and a clinical senior lecturer in teaching at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield said: ‘GPs are often lambasted for getting it wrong but all we do is use information from elsewhere.'

The study is published in Primary Health Care Research and Development.

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