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Global Health
August 20, 2019

Fighting Epilepsy Stigma

JAMA. 2019;322(7):603. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.11802

Greater efforts are needed worldwide to combat stigma and discrimination against patients with epilepsy, according to a World Health Organization report.

Epilepsy affects 50 million people worldwide. Despite the availability of inexpensive medications, which can cost as little as $5 a year, more than 75% of people with epilepsy living in low-income countries and 50% of those in middle-income countries do not receive treatment, due in part to stigma.