Chapter Name: Dutch League Against Epilepsy
Report By: Dr. R. Rouhl


Epilepsie, periodiek voor professionals (4 times yearly, in Dutch, sent to all members of the Dutch League)

Summary of Activities:

- outreach to the minister of health for adjustments in the reimbursement of vagal nerve stimulators
- startup of the epilepsy network, a collaboration in epilepsy care and education between epilepsy specialist centers and general hospitals
- authorisation of option grids and epilepsy guidelines
- support letter for application for reimbursement of deep brain stimulation in refractory epilepsy
- Organization of National Epilepsy Symposium (November 2018)
- Organization of two sessions of the scientific section of the Dutch League (February 2017, March 2018)
- Coordination of communication on negative effects of valproate in pregnancy (and consequences for guidelines and surveillance)
- Annual update of web-based national epilepsy guidelines
- Start of a pilot in training on guideline development for residents in neurology
- Kick off European Partnership on Competencies for High Value COst COnscious CARE: European training in guideline development


Ensure the sustainability of the epilepsy network with its associated knowledge dissemination

Future Plans:

Co-organize one of the ILAE Congresses (ECE)
Continuing education and dissemination of knowledge for all epilepsy professionals by our publications and conferences (yearly SWO meeting and every second year in the National Epilepsy Symposium)

Officer Election Date: yearly vacancies (not bound to terms)