• Dr Ryan Wagner gets his PhD

    Posted on September 6, 2016 by in Uncategorized
    Ryan on graduation day - holding all the Agincourt Umea PhD monographs so far

    Ryan on graduation day – holding all the Agincourt Umea PhD monographs so far

    Ryan got his PhD and is now Dr Wagner.  His PhD titled “The burden of epilepsy: Using population-based data to define the burden and model a cost-effective intervention for the treatment of epilepsy in rural South Africa”  was  featured on the front page of Umeå University’s website (English version)http://www.umu.se/english/about-umu/news-events/news/newsdetailpage/community-interventions-needed-to-close-epilepsy-treatment-gap-can-be-cost-effective.cid269550.  The Swedish Epilepsy Association has also picked up the story and will likely feature it in their next publication.  Ryan found that most epilepsy cases are treatable, yet in many parts of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa where the burden is amongst the world’s highest, access to adequate treatment remains low. This results in significant stigma, avoidable harm and large societal costs. His work suggest using community health workers to provide patient education and monitor medication adherence is a cost-effective way to reduce the epilepsy treatment gap.

     

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