Mental health

Diagnosis of convulsive epilepsy by non-specialist health care providers

Question 4: Can convulsive epilepsy be diagnosed at first level care by a non-specialist health care provider in low and middle income country settings?

Management of epilepsy

  • Population: individuals with probable epilepsy
  • Interventions: diagnosis by a non-specialist health care provider
  • Comparison: diagnosis by a specialist
  • Outcomes: appropriate diagnosis.


Non-specialist health care providers can be trained to recognise and diagnose convulsive epilepsy. Such training should be provided.
Strength of recommendation: STRONG

Evidence profile