Date revised

Education Credit

2.5 CME

Nurses may claim up to 2.5 contact hours for this session.

University of Minnesota approves this knowledge-based activity for 2.5 contact hours (0.25 CEUs). UAN JA0000810-9999-19-082-L01-P. Initial Release Date: 12/7/19.

Best Practices in Clinical Epilepsy: Challenges in the Care of Patients with Intractable Epilepsy

Convention Center, Room 316
2:15 PM-4:45 PM
Behavioral Health Providers

Challenges arise to providing comprehensive care for persons with intractable epilepsy, particularly in quality of life, epilepsy diets, use of CBD, surgical options, and psychosocial/mental health and neurocognitive functioning. This symposium will provide general knowledge on care for patients with intractable epilepsy in the above domains and practical solutions for addressing challenges in these domains relevant to providing comprehensive epilepsy care. Mixed didactic with case-based presentations followed by questions and answer format with the speaker panel. Concrete examples of an interprofessional approach to caring for patients with intractable epilepsy will be integrated throughout the symposium.

Learning Objectives

Following participation in this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize treatment challenges and the importance of qualityof life in the comprehensive care of persons with intractable epilepsy
  • Implement strategies to address treatment challenges in the areas of epilepsy diets, surgery, neurocognitive and mental health, and CBD
  • Delineate the role and responsibilities of the comprehensive epilepsy team in addressing barriers to care for persons with intractable epilepsy



Co-chairs: Janelle L Wagner, PhD and Madona Plueger, ACNS-BC, APRN, CNRN, FAES

Introduction, Madona Plueger, ACNS-BC, APRN, CNRN, FAES
Quality of Life, Aimee Smith, PhD
Epilepsy Diets, Courtney Haney, RD
Use of CBD, Lisa Garrity, PharmD
Surgical Options, Sumeet Vadera, MD
Psychosocial, Mental Health, and Neurocognitive Functioning, Lindsay Schommer, APRN, MSN
Conclusions, Janelle L Wagner, PhD