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Barriers and Facilitators in Providing Care for Pregnant Women with Epilepsy

Updated: Jun 18

A newly published paper from the EpiSafe team titled "Barriers and Facilitators to Healthcare Practitioners Providing Care for Pregnant Women with Epilepsy: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis" offers critical insights into the challenges and supports experienced by healthcare professionals in this field.


  1. Communication Challenges: Ineffective communication between healthcare providers and patients is a significant barrier, leading to gaps in understanding and care provision.

  2. Interdisciplinary Coordination: Lack of coordination among various healthcare practitioners hampers the delivery of comprehensive care.

  3. Decision Aids: The study recommends the use of decision aids to support informed decision-making for women with epilepsy.

  4. Joint Clinics: Establishing joint clinics where multiple specialists can collaborate is highlighted as a facilitator for better care.


This systematic review and narrative synthesis underscore the need for improved communication and interdisciplinary collaboration in the care of pregnant women with epilepsy. Implementing the recommended strategies can significantly enhance the quality of care and patient outcomes.


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