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Updated Epilepsy Statistics Published by Epilepsy Action

Updated statistics have been published on the number of people (known as prevalence) with epilepsy and the number of new cases (known as incidence) of epilepsy in the UK. Funded by Epilepsy Action, the study was led by their former deputy CEO Simon Wigglesworth and colleagues in collaboration with epilepsy researchers and clinicians.
 

The research team analysed the electronic health records of approximately 20% of the UK population – around 14 million people. The study found that over 9 in 1000 people have epilepsy in the UK – approximately 1 in 100 people. This equates to a total of around 633,000 people. Slight differences were also found between the four nations of the UK, with higher prevalence rates in Northern Ireland and Wales.

Maxine Smeaton, Epilepsy Research UK Chief Executive, said, “We are so grateful to Epilepsy Action for this important piece of work. The updated statistics highlight just how common epilepsy is in the UK. Yet despite being one of the most prevalent, serious neurological conditions, research into epilepsy has been chronically underfunded, receiving just 0.3% of the total £4.8 billion government health research funding. Greater research investment is urgently needed to drive innovations in the diagnosis, treatment and clinical management of epilepsy. That’s why the #Every1EndingEpilepsy programme is developing a road map to radically advance research into epilepsy through investment, collaboration and actionWe will demonstrate to institutional funders the potentially ground-breaking impact investment would achieve for people affected by epilepsy ”.

The incidence statistics also reveal there are higher levels of epilepsy in more deprived areas, with roughly a third of people more likely to have epilepsy than in less deprived areas. ERUK-funded research by Emerging Leader Fellow Dr Kathryn Bush is investigating UK epilepsy health inequalities, including the link between deprivation and epilepsy. Kathryn’s fellowship project is bringing together the worlds of neurology and public health to investigate epilepsy and use Big Data to make reducing epilepsy inequalities a healthcare priority.  Read more about this project here.

Epilepsy Research UK would like to acknowledge the work of Epilepsy Action in publishing the new statistics and highlighting the link between epilepsy and deprivation. Read the full research article here.

 

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