Humanistic and Economic Burden of Dravet Syndrome: Multidisciplinary Approach to Recognize and Address

Released On
February 13, 2020

Expires On
July 31, 2021

Media Type

Completion Time
60 minutes

Neurology, Pediatrics

Dravet Syndrome

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This activity is jointly provided by Global Education Group and PlatformQ Health Education, LLC.


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Zogenix, Inc.

Credit Available

  • Physicians — maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • Nurses — 1.0 Contact hour(s)
  • Pharmacist — 1.0 Contact hour(s) (0.10 CEUs)

All other health care professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Target Audience

The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of neurologists, pediatric neurologists, pediatricians and other health care professionals (including physicians, physicians-in-training, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, etc.) involved and/or interested in the management of patients with severe forms of pediatric intractable epilepsy.

Statement of Need/Program Overview

Dravet syndrome is a severe, intractable and difficult-to-manage epileptic syndrome, characterized by marked and prolonged clonic and tonic-clonic, generalized and unilateral seizures which progress to multiple seizure types, slowing development and cognitive abilities with comorbid behavioral disorders. Experts consider Dravet syndrome among the most challenging epilepsy syndromes to manage due to its intractable seizures, recurrent status epilepticus and intellectual disabilities. The significant burden of disease Dravet syndrome places on both patient and family/caregiver is profound. However, clinicians may not be intimately knowledgeable about its recognition, diagnosis, management and transition from pediatric to adult care and further limited on their recognition of the burden of disease and its adverse effects on quality-of-life in patients and families/caregivers dealing with Dravet syndrome and how best to address and support such individuals. Moreover, limited effective treatment options for Dravet syndrome adds to the clinical complexity of its management; newer, more effective treatment options are being investigated. Importantly, families/caregivers are often wholly unprepared to deal with the myriad of clinical and nonclinical issues that they will face on their journey. Accordingly, extensive education is needed to ensure that clinicians, families/caregivers have the resources they need to improve care and meet challenges throughout the continuum of care, from diagnosis, to treatment, to transition.

The activities comprising this educational initiative, of which this is the first, are altogether designed to improve knowledge and behaviors related to diagnosis, management, and overall care of Dravet syndrome and subsequently Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) while improving competence in their recognition, diagnosis, treatment and management of comorbidities and nonclinical issues. This activity will focus on the human and financial toll of caring for Dravet syndrome from both clinician and caregiver perspectives.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Recognize the psychosocial challenges and stress-related comorbidities of caregiving for a patient with Dravet syndrome
  • Explain why taking a multidisciplinary approach to addressing the needs of parents and siblings of patients with Dravet syndrome, is more meaningful including identification of sources of psychosocial support, caregiver/sibling relief, wellness interventions


Kelly G. Knupp, MD, MSCS

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus

Dagmar Amtmann, PhD

Research Professor
University of Washington, Seattle
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Nicole Villas, MEd

Board President/Scientific Director
Dravet Syndrome Foundation

Meghan Wilson, BS

Parent of Child with Dravet Syndrome

Physician Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and PlatformQ Health Education, LLC. Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Education

Global Education Group is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity for 1.0 contact hours is provided by Global Education Group. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacist Accreditation Statement

Global Education Group is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

Credit Designation

Global Education Group designates this continuing education activity for 1.0 contact hour(s) (0.10 CEUs) of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (Universal Activity Number - 0530-9999-20-003-H01-P)

Type of Activity


Disclosures of Conflicts of Interest

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Disclosure of Financial Relationships

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Kelly G. Knupp, MD, MSCS

  • Grant/Research Support: West Therapeutics, Zogenix
  • Honoraria: Zogenix
  • Advisory Board: Biocodex, Biomartin, GW pharma (DSMB member), Zogenix

Dagmar Amtmann, PhD

  • Consultant/Independent Contractor: Zogenix
  • Grant/Research Support:: Zogenix (research grant support to university)

Nicole Villas, MEd

  • Nothing to disclose

Meghan Wilson, BS

  • Nothing to disclose

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

  • Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN: Nothing to disclose
  • Lindsay Borvansky: Nothing to disclose
  • Andrea Funk: Nothing to disclose
  • Liddy Knight: Nothing to disclose
  • Ashley Cann: Nothing to disclose
  • David Howard: Nothing to disclose
  • Alissa Yost: Nothing to disclose

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In order to receive credit for this activity, the participant must (1) read the target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure statements, (2) complete the educational activity online, and (3) complete the post-test and activity evaluation. To receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, participants must receive a minimum score of 70% on the post-test. For pharmacist/ACPE learners, please check the CPE monitor for your CE credit within 60 days of the activity.

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