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December/January 2019/2020 (vol. 16/4)

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Epilepsy and employment

Improving employment outcomes for people with epilepsy

Summary:

People with epilepsy are more than twice as likely as those without the condition to be unemployed. But a better understanding of epilepsy and its impact on work will lead to better employment outcomes, research by the Sally Wilson and Morwenna Byford suggests.

There are 600,000 people with epilepsy living in the UK – this amounts to around 1 in 100 people1. Many are of working age, but labour market access is concerning: people with epilepsy in the UK are more than twice as likely as those without the condition to be unemployed.2

In the face of these statistics, the charity Epilepsy Action commissioned a review to better understand the disadvantages people with epilepsy face at work and to identify what ‘good support’ looks like…

 

Dr Sally Wilson is a senior research fellow at IES

Morwenna Byford is a research officer at IES.

Author: Wilson S, Byford M

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Occupational Health at Work December/January 2019/2020 (vol. 16/4) pp28-32

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