Having epilepsy can mean interacting with many different members of a health care team. You may receive a referral to a neurologist, who can assist with your epilepsy care. However, you may also be referred to an epileptologist (epilepsy specialist), especially if your seizures are difficult to control or diagnose. While epileptologists are not numerous, they are an excellent choice for assisting with your care. You can ask your family practitioner, or general neurologist, for a referral.
What is a neurologist?
A neurologist is a physician trained in the treatment and diagnosis of disease of the brain and nervous system.
What is an epileptologist?
An epileptologist is a neurologist that specializes in epilepsy treatment. While epileptologists are not numerous, they are an excellent choice for assisting with your care.
How do I find a neurologist or an epileptologist?
Ask your family practitioner or general neurologist for a referral.
Comprehensive Epilepsy Centres
Some hospitals in Canada also provide Comprehensive Epilepsy Centres, which offer multidisciplinary support for individuals with epilepsy. These programs often have connections to Community Epilepsy Agencies, and can provide you with medical, diagnostic, nutritional and psychosocial support. The health care team at these centres may include:
- Advanced practice nurses
- Clinical and research nurses
- EEG technologists
- Social workers
Rehabilitation help, provided by occupational, speech and physical therapists, may be needed. Children may also require help from educators and child life specialists.