SUDEP is now recognized as the leading cause of mortality associated with epilepsy, excluding status epilepticus and underlying etiologies. Despite the importance of the problem and the implications for intervention, SUDEP had not received widespread professional attention in the United States prior to the mid-2000s. Awareness and interest in SUDEP has increased and so has the demand for information about cutting-edge research, effective patient-provider communication, and opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration.
The PAME conference was created to fill that need and to provide a unique opportunity for diverse stakeholders to come together to better understand, address, and ultimately reduce mortality in epilepsy.
- Strengthen the capacity of health care providers to discuss epilepsy-mortality broadly and SUDEP specifically, identify risk factors, communicate prevention strategies
- Address gaps in care for people with epilepsy and provide strategies for improvement
- Identify progress made in epilepsy mortality and SUDEP research and direction for future research as well as funding and collaboration opportunities
- Build collaborations across medical disciplines and among families/advocates to bolster research opportunities and participation
- Provide a forum for people with epilepsy and their families to learn about the latest in epilepsy mortality, especially SUDEP research.
- Enable people with epilepsy, families and lay organizations to advance SUDEP awareness and education by facilitating collaborations between support groups, funding sources, health care professionals, and others, both nationally and internationally.
- Allow opportunity for families living with and bereaved by epilepsy to share their stories and support one another.