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The characteristics and quality of life of women with epilepsy


Epilepsy is a serious neurological condition characterized by the occurrence of seizures and globally more than 25 million women are affected. Not only is epilepsy associated with stigma and psychiatric comorbidities, but also an increased risk of premature mortality. Women with epilepsy present with unique challenges due to the cyclical fluctuation of hormonal levels affecting seizure control. 


We aim to use the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health to assess the characteristics and examine the association between epilepsy and health-related quality of life in women with epilepsy. We will compare their results with those from women without epilepsy. This information is essential to better understand where future interventions should focus, for greatest impact. Management of women with epilepsy is a hugely neglected topic and an important health priority, with enormous implications in terms of societal and economic burden.