Preventing Epilepsy Deaths: Clinician Toolkit
Examples of Empowering Conversations

When your patient has high-risk seizures

If you want to be able to understand seizure patterns, consider suggesting a seizure diary

To protect your health, we have to understand when your seizures happen. Many of my patients use a paper calendar or create a diary to track theirs. What do you think about that?

That seems like a lot of work… I have two young kids. And what would I even write in a diary? Like how I feel?

It sounds like you have a lot on your plate, and time is limited. Some busy patients find seizure tracking apps (or a seizure alert device) very easy to use. Can I show you an app that many of my patients find useful?

You can also use your cell phone to document seizures on your calendar since most people keep their cell phone with them at all times.

When you want to talk about rescue meds

Rescue medications can help us manage the most serious risks you might face from seizures. Do you feel comfortable using yours?

I don’t know. I will probably forget how to explain to my roommate how to use them, .

I know I have given you a lot of information today that could be overwhelming to anyone. Many of my patients have told me reviewing the medications again can be very helpful in retaining the information., Can you share what you’ve heard so far about how you use [medication name]?  I will also include this information in a seizure action plan that you can share with your roommate explaining how to use the medication.