SEISMIC (Sydney Epilepsy Incidence Study to Measure Illness Consequences)
Epilepsy Action Australia and The George Institute for International Health is undertaking a major epidemiological research project to measure the impact and incidence of epilepsy.
This study known as the Sydney Epilepsy Incidence Study to Measure Illness Consequences (SEISMIC) will explore the incidence, psychosocial impact and the household economic burden of epilepsy in a large population. It is the first time this kind of study has ever been conducted in Australia. The new information it uncovers will bring many benefits to people living with the condition.
This multi-centre three-year study will recruit and follow-up all people with newly diagnosed epilepsy living or being treated in the Sydney South West Area Health Service. Recruitment sites include: Royal Prince Alfred, Bankstown, Concord, Canterbury, St Vincent’s, Prince of Wales, Sydney Children’s Hospitals and The Children’s Hospital Westmead
The study aims to identify modifiable factors that enhance resilience and reduce vulnerability to the socioeconomic impact of epilepsy in an Australian population.
The results of this research will provide key data to inform the design and development of EAA services so we ensure real and positive impact to the daily lives of people living with epilepsy. At a broader level, it will enable government and healthcare practitioners to make more informed decisions about policy, funding, and management.
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