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Grand Rounds: Adherence and Self-Management in Pediatric Epilepsy


By Avani Modi, PhD , Pediatric Psychologist, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Describe adherence rates and adherence barriers in pediatric epilepsy. 2. Summarize the consequences of non-adherence. 3. Summarize existing and newly developed interventions to improve adherence behaviors.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses

Identified Gap:

New information is available to manage epilepsy in the pediatric patient.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.


Dr. Modi has indicated that she has no relevant financial interest in any pharmaceutical or medical device company and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 125 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Modi, A.C., Guilfoyle, S.M, Mann, K., & Rausch, J.R. (2016). A Pilot Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial to Improve Antiepileptic Drug Adherence in Young Children with Epilepsy. Epilepsia, 7(3), e69-75. doi: 10.1111/epi.13289. PMCID: PMC4783218.

Modi, A.C. & Driscoll, K.A. (2020). Adherence and Self-Management in Pediatric Populations. Cambridge: Elsevier S&T Books, Academic Press.

Modi, A.C., Rausch, J.R., & Glauser, T.A. (2011). Patterns of Non-Adherence to Antiepileptic Drug Therapy in Children with Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy. JAMA, 305(16), 1669-1676. doi: 10.1001/jama.2011.506. PMCID: PMC3480079.