Epilepsy Series: Social Determinants of Health in Epilepsy

The social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. Varying conditions of daily life across social groups and populations result in inequalities (disparities) in health status and access to health resources, such as healthcare. Disparities in epilepsy and epilepsy care have been identified based on such factors as socioeconomic position, race/ethnicity, or place of residence.

Knowledge about the social determinants in epilepsy informs public health, healthcare, and community strategies to eliminate disparities and improve care and outcomes for all people living with epilepsy. This course will provide you with an overview of social determinants of health in epilepsy. You can positively impact the lives of your patients by increasing your knowledge of epilepsy.

Learning Objectives


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Describe the social determinants of health framework
  • Define and distinguish between health disparities and health inequities
  • Identify the social determinants of health and disparities in epilepsy and epilepsy care
  • Identify strategies to address disparities in epilepsy and epilepsy care
  • Discuss the role of advocacy groups, healthcare systems, academic institutions, and community partnerships in eliminating disparities in epilepsy and epilepsy care