First attendance at psychiatry appointments is not easily predicted in newly diagnosed epilepsy

Takeaway

  • Factors such as age, gender, and socio-economic status do not predict whether a person recently diagnosed with dissociative seizures will attend their first psychiatry appointment.

Why this matters

    People with newly diagnosed dissociative seizures are often not referred for psychiatric review because their neurologist thinks they will not attend the appointment. However, these findings suggest that such perceptions are often inaccurate and that everybody diagnosed with dissociative seizures should receive further assessment.