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In-home EEG monitoring in suspected epilepsy.


- candidate number9293
- NTR NumberNTR2835
- ISRCTNISRCTN wordt niet meer aangevraagd.
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR31-mrt-2011
- Secondary IDsP11-01  METC Medisch Spectrum Twente
- Public TitleIn-home EEG monitoring in suspected epilepsy.
- Scientific TitleIn-home EEG monitoring in suspected epilepsy.
- ACRONYM
- hypothesisAs an alternative to the routine diagnostics, we propose long-term (24-48h) in-home EEG recordings for patients evaluated for epilepsy, assisted by computer analysis of the EEG. We expect that long-term in-home EEG monitoring early in the diagnostic process of epilepsy will shorten the time-to-diagnosis, reduce the number of hospital visits and related costs, and enhance diagnostic accuracy.
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedElectroencephalography (EEG), Epilepsy
- Inclusion criteria1. Seeing neurologist for suspected epilepsy after first insult;
2. Age above 18 years;
3. No previous history of epilepsy .
- Exclusion criteriaPatients who have any experience with the current routine EEG procedure in epilepsy diagnosis will be excluded from participation.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedyes
- masking/blindingNone
- controlActive
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-mei-2011
- planned closingdate1-mei-2012
- Target number of participants50
- InterventionsSuspected epilepsy patients will be randomly assigned to either the routine EEG procedure or the in-home EEG procedure (intervention group).
- Primary outcomeDiagnostic accuracy of the 24-48h in-home EEG monitoring procedure in epilepsy, in terms of senstivitiy and specificity.
- Secondary outcome1. The number of hospital visits from first visit to diagnosis;
2. The time-to-diagnosis;
3. Direct and indirect costs related to the diagnostic procedure;
4. Usability of the EEG equipment including user experience;
5. Accuracy of computer algorithms for analysis of the EEG.
- TimepointsDiagnostic accuracy of the in-home EEG monitoring procedure in epilepsy will be expressed through its sensitivity and specificity. These parameters will be assessed using each patient’s diagnosis (whether he/she has epilepsy or not) and test results (whether there are epileptiform discharges in the EEG or not). The same parameters will also be determined in the control group following the routine procedure, after which the accuracy of both procedures will be compared.

The number of hospital visits, time-to-diagnosis and related costs will be evaluated in both the ‘routine’ and the ‘in-home’ group. The number of hospital visits and the time-to-diagnosis (in days) will be obtained via patient data files and database and include all visits (e.g. consultations, EEG-recordings) that were made for diagnostic purposes from first visit to diagnosis. Direct costs related to the diagnostic process include costs for e.g. consultations, EEG recordings, personnel costs, depreciation of the equipment. Indirect costs include costs for travelling to the hospital and for taking off from work, and will be estimated via a questionnaire that must be filled out by the patient after diagnosis and can be found as an attachment to this protocol.

The remaining two parameters will additionally be evaluated in the ‘in-home’ group. In a pilot study, usability will be pre-evaluated by exploratory means, e.g., we will study how to optimize signal quality, electrode configuration, and amplifier settings. User experience will be pre-evaluated by means of a questionnaire. Both aspects (usability and user experience) will also be evaluated in the actual trial by the same means. Accuracy of computer algorithms in detecting epileptiform discharges in the EEG will be measured in terms of their sensitivity and specificity, where the ‘gold standard’ is the neurologist’s assessment of the EEG by visual analysis.
- Trial web siteN/A
- statusopen: patient inclusion
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIES
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIES
- Sponsor/Initiator Medisch Spectrum Twente
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
High Tech Health Farm, Provincie Overijssel
- PublicationsN/A
- Brief summaryConventionally, a patient that experienced a seizure visits a neurologist, after which an EEG is recorded for 20-30 minutes by a lab-technician. Such a routine EEG has relatively low sensitivity in epilepsy, ranging between 25-56%. This low sensitivity typically results in additional EEG recordings, often after sleep deprivation to evoke epileptiform activity in the EEG. This typically requires an additional visit to the hospital for the recording procedure, and a third visit to the treating neurologist.
This “routine procedure”, including both routine and sleep records, results in a sensitivity of approximately 70-80% and is relatively time-consuming (over a period of several weeks), both for the patient and the treating physician. Furthermore, misclassification is still common, ranging from 5-23%. The main reason for the limited sensitivity of the standard diagnostic strategy is the relatively short recording time, as in many patients with epilepsy 20-30 min. EEG recordings do not show any abnormality. As an alternative, we propose routine long-term (24-48h) EEG recordings for patients evaluated for epilepsy. Long-term EEG monitoring early in the diagnostic process of epilepsy will most likely shorten the time-to-diagnosis and enhance diagnostic accuracy.
In this study, we will evaluate the use of 24-48h ambulatory in-home EEG monitoring early in the diagnostic process after a first seizure, as compared to the routine procedure. We will also evaluate the use of automated EEG analysis, as visual analysis of long-term EEG recordings is a very time-consuming procedure.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD31-mrt-2011 - 8-apr-2011


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