Socioeconomic epidemiologic study of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy

Takeaway

  • People with epilepsy who have lower socioeconomic status (SES) are at significantly higher risk of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), likely due to poor seizure control because of limited access to antiepileptic medication and specialty care.

Why this matters

  • The relationship between lower SES status and all-cause mortality is supported by population-based findings, however SUDEP rates in those at different levels of income have not been investigated.

  • This study shows that poorer communities are more exposed to the risk of SUDEP and should be better cared for to avoid disparity in epilepsy mortality.