Brian Chappell

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In the past decade there has been increasing interest in the part that general practice can play in the care of people with epilepsy. Primary care services for epilepsy vary from practice to practice. Some studies have suggested that people with epilepsy prefer secondary care services and are not keen for their epilepsy to be managed in general practice,(More)
Examples of evidence-based guidelines for epilepsy care exist. However, guidelines are of little use if they are not recognised, implemented and supported. The object of this study was to establish the degree to which good practice guidelines for epilepsy have been implemented and to identify positive and negative factors that affect their implementation.(More)
Women with epilepsy who were service users of Epilepsy Action in the United Kingdom (UK) completed a questionnaire on the risks of caring for their baby and whether they were provided with useful information on fulfilling their caring role (Epilepsy Action is the trading name of the British Epilepsy Association a major UK charity for those with epilepsy).(More)
Generic prescribing for epilepsy remains controversial. This study aimed to ascertain if a change occurred in the incidence of seizures or side-effects when a different pharmaceutical manufacturer's version of the same antiepileptic drug was taken (a 'switch'). Forty general practices with a list size of 350 168 were recruited. They identified 2285 people(More)
This study examined the inter-relationships between employment status, employment experiences, background, educational and epilepsy-related variables in a community sample of 1709 people with epilepsy in England and Wales. A postal questionnaire yielded information which included attitudes to careers advice, experiences with fellow employees and management(More)
This study aimed to assess the uptake and use by general practitioners of a free epilepsy audit protocol, and describe the care provided by practices which returned completed audits. A protocol for epilepsy audit in general practice was designed and described in the medical press. Practices were invited to reply. Responders were provided with the protocol.(More)
Epilepsy care in general practice has been criticized, but what do GPs feel they deal with most and complete satisfactorily? If criticism is justified, education should be useful in improving epilepsy care, but what do general practitioners want to learn and how do they want to learn it? Questionnaires about these issues were sent to randomly chosen general(More)
The aim of this audit was to ascertain outcomes for people who had taken or who were still taking three "new generation" broad-spectrum antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), namely lamotrigine, levetiracetam and topiramate. Thirteen percent of people became seizure free and approximately, one-third had a reduction of greater than 50% in their seizures. Two-thirds of(More)
AIM To ascertain present United Kingdom (UK) management processes for epilepsy in older people. METHOD This was a general practice notes review of people being treated for epilepsy 60 years and over. RESULTS The cohort of 110 was from six practices. Seizure frequency in older people with epilepsy appears lower than in general; 75% are seizure free. This(More)