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Abstract Details

Online CME-Certified Expert Panel Discussion Improves Awareness Among Neurologists Regarding Seizure Freedom in Patients with Epilepsy
Education, Research, and Methodology
P14 - Poster Session 14 (11:45 AM-12:45 PM)
15-003
The primary goals of epilepsy treatment are to achieve seizure freedom without side effects. However many patients with epilepsy continue to experience seizures and are not offered therapeutic options that may offer greater seizure control. 
An online CME-certified activity was developed to educate neurologists on the importance of achieving seizure freedom and clinical data on seizure freedom for anti-seizure medications (ASMs), particularly among patients refractory to treatment. 
The online CME activity consisted of a 30-minute video discussion between three expert epileptologists. Educational effect was assessed by comparing neurologists' pre- and post- activity responses to four questions. A paired-samples t-test was used to assess significant differences between pre- and post-assessment responses. Cohen’s d was used to calculate the effect size of the online education. Data were collected between April 6, 2022 and June 29, 2022.
Among neurologists who participated in the activity, a small educational effect was observed (n=133; d=.34, P<.001). The following areas showed significant (P <.05) pre- vs post-educational improvements: patient-related consequences of uncontrolled seizures and the seizure-freedom rate reported in a clinical trial of an ASM in patients with treatment refractory focal seizures. There was a non-significant pre-vs post educational improvement on a question asking about how to address dosing when a new ASM is added to an existing ASM. Participation in the activity resulted in 32% of neurologists reporting an increase in confidence regarding their ability to optimize the dosing of ASMs to maximize the chance of achieving seizure freedom. 

The results indicated that a CME-certified 30-minute video activity was effective at improving knowledge among neurologists’ regarding seizure freedom in patients with epilepsy. Given the lack of a significant educational effect on ASM dosing, future education should continue to address dosing in the setting of combination ASM therapy. 

Authors/Disclosures
Thomas Finnegan, Jr., PhD (Medscape Education)
PRESENTER
Dr. Finnegan has nothing to disclose.
Jovana Lubarda Jovana Lubarda has nothing to disclose.
Steve S. Chung, MD, FAAN (Banner University Medical Center) The institution of Dr. Chung has received personal compensation in the range of $10,000-$49,999 for serving as a Consultant for ucb pharma. Dr. Chung has received personal compensation in the range of $500-$4,999 for serving as a Consultant for SK Life sciences. Dr. Chung has received personal compensation in the range of $500-$4,999 for serving as a Consultant for eisai. Dr. Chung has received personal compensation in the range of $50,000-$99,999 for serving on a Speakers Bureau for eisai. Dr. Chung has received personal compensation in the range of $50,000-$99,999 for serving on a Speakers Bureau for ucb. Dr. Chung has received personal compensation in the range of $5,000-$9,999 for serving on a Speakers Bureau for SK Life sciences. Dr. Chung has received personal compensation in the range of $50,000-$99,999 for serving on a Speakers Bureau for sunovion.