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Why We Do This

According to the World Health Organization, socially-based health inequalities are largely unjust and avoidable. We believe that this is particularly true when it comes to neurological disorders. 

In the past, it has been shown that people with epilepsy and other neurological conditions are vulnerable to suffering from inequitable social outcomes in the following forms: 

  • Lower education levels

  • Fewer employment opportunities

  • Lower household income 

  • Decreased overall health

In addition to the above disparities applying to the broad population of people living with epilepsy, racial and ethnic disparities have also been well-documented. Specifically, race and ethnicity are associated with higher rates of acute care, higher rates of death, and fewer advanced treatments. A lack of information about wellness and/or a mistrust of the medical treatments available for epilepsy are thought to be contributors to this health disparity. 

Broadly, psychosocial factors related to poor outcomes within the community include the following: 

  • Self-perceptions and sense of control

  • Internalized stigma and experiences of discrimination 

  • Social connections and social support

Obtaining supportive care addressing the above causes of poor health outcomes among those living with epilepsy or other neurological conditions leads to improved overall functioning and improved quality of life. 

We at Epilepsy Wellness help eliminate outcome disparities by providing evidence-based wellness education, helping our clients to improve communication and health literacy, providing techniques to improve self-management, and engaging in programming as advocates for health equity. 

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