Racial/ethnic disparities in the burden of chronic and acute conditions in people with epilepsy living in the US

Takeaway

  • There is a high prevalence and wide range of psychiatric and physical conditions in people with epilepsy in the US, especially in ethnic minorities.

Why this matters

  • People with epilepsy, one-third of whom in the US are on Medicaid, have the additional burden of chronic and physical comorbidities that impede their clinical care and outcomes.

  • This important study reveals a higher burden of these conditions among the most vulnerable individuals, highlighting complex racial/ethnic disparities. The findings highlight the need to consider comorbidities, race and ethnicity in targeted interventions to improve clinical care.