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A recently published article in Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings finds that health disparities faced by children and youth with epilepsy (CYE) are poorly explored in the scientific literature. The authors of the paper noted that very few epilepsy studies actually focused on identifying health disparities, with even fewer focusing on CYE.
According to Julia Bonavitacola, “Race and ethnicity were the most consistently documented disparities. The literature found socioeconomic status (SES) had an effect on poor health outcomes and health insurance was a detriment to accessing care. Sociocultural factors were also predictors of outcomes in epilepsy. The researchers concluded from the RFI that there were very few studies that focused on socioeconomic health disparities in CYE, with no studies examining racial disparities in long-term outcomes and inequities having little information in relation to gender and English proficiency among other things.”
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(Source: AJMC, June 27th, 2023)