The hospital admission rates for a given disease tend to reflect the severity of the disease, in terms of impact on the quality of life and degree of utilization of the health care services by the affected individuals. Using the discharge diagnoses on file in the archives of the Lombardy region during the years 1985 through 1987, hospital discharges for epilepsy were compared to discharges of patients with diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension and ischemic heart disorders. Compared to these conditions, epilepsy had the lowest discharge rates, the shortest duration of hospital stay, and the lowest fraction of occupation of hospital beds. Despite major methodological limitations, the present study shows that in Italy epilepsy entails a low risk of hospitalization when compared to other chronic medical disorders.
|Translated title of the contribution||The risk of hospitalisation in patients with epilepsy: An epidermiological survey performed in Lombardy Region|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Bollettino - Lega Italiana contro l'Epilessia|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology