CHICAGO, IL ― The American Epilepsy Society (AES) is proud to announce that it’s project, Improving Clinician Competence in Use and Interpretation of EEG: A Matter of Safety, Quality, and Equity, has been selected as the recipient of a Promoting Diagnostic Excellence grant from the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) and is one of 11 $100,000 awards made by CMSS under this grant program in 2023.
The funding from this grant will allow AES to expand its focus on education aimed at advancing the diagnostic skills of health care providers (HCPs), both inside neurology and outside, who care for people with epilepsy. The project’s strategy focuses on strengthening a multi-faceted online learning program that is accessible to HCPs who utilize electroencephalogram testing (EEG) as a diagnostic tool in the treatment of patients with epilepsy.
In addition, the AES project will include patient-facing education explaining the role of EEG in their diagnosis.
“This generous grant gives AES the opportunity to enhance and expand an effective program that helps fill a recognized gap in diagnostic training for HCPs as well as empower patients with a better understanding of the role EEG use can play in obtaining their accurate diagnosis,” said Eileen M. Murray, MM, CAE, CEO of AES.
This competitive grant program, which is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with additional funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, supports a diverse array of projects to support the development and dissemination of resources and programs aimed at improving the timeliness, accuracy, safety, efficiency, patient-centeredness, and equity of diagnostic outcomes for patients.
“With the generous support of our funders, 20 specialties are actively engaging their members in diagnostic excellence,” said Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, MACP, CEO of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. “The legacy of the CMSS grant program will be greater awareness, attention, and action to prevent avoidable diagnostic harm across medicine.”