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Health Resource Utilization after Video-EEG Confirmation of PNES among US Veterans

Comparison of outpatient visits and diagnostic procedures among US Veterans with PNES



Researchers examined health care records of 65 US veterans before and after confirmed diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) using video-EEG (VEEG) monitoring. Researchers found that post diagnosis there were:

  • a significant decrease in PNES-related outpatient visits
  • a significant increase in non-PNES related outpatient visits
  • increased attendance of psychiatric outpatient visits.

This new evidence shows that VEEG-confirmed PNES diagnosis in US veterans can reduce key measures of non-psychiatric/PNES-related resource utilization and show appropriate increase in psychiatric outpatient visits. However, further study is needed to investigate the increase in non-PNES-related outpatient visits in this patient population.

Nunez-Wallace KR, Murphey DK, Proto D, et al. Health resource utilization among US veterans with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures: a comparison before and after video-EEG monitoring. Epilepsy Res. 2015;114:114-121.

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