Maladie Chronique

What is Epilepsy? 

What is Epilepsy? 

By definition, an epileptic disorder is present if several epileptic seizures occur spontaneously.

Epilepsy is a relatively common disease, affecting 0.5 - 1% of the European population, which corresponds to 1.6-3.2 million people!

Children and younger people are often affected, but the disorder may also begin at a later time, or even at a late age. There are many different causes of epilepsy, and its careful identification is essential for appropriate treatment.

Learning how to manage your illness and your treatment

Understanding and accepting a chronic illness such as diabetes or obesity is a difficult road to go down, as it is fraught with pitfalls and psychological obstacles. Therapeutic education helps to overcome these obstacles. By becoming aware of their pathology, the patient learns to look after themselves, increasing their independence. Through this approach, they can manage their treatment better, reduce the risk of complications and improve their quality of life.

Pulsations TV Septembre 2015 - Pour soulager les douleurs lombaires et permettre aux patients de reprendre le contrôle de leur dos, le moyen le plus efficace, c’est bouger.

Pulsations TV Septembre 2015 - Comme chaque jour depuis un mois, Dora se rend à l’hôpital Beau-Séjour aux Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève pour soigner son mal de dos chronique.

Therapeutic education


Mission of the Therapeutic Education Unit

  • Provide therapeutic education for patients with chronic diseases, in particular diabetes, obesity and associated conditions, in order to prevent complications.
  • Patient care takes into account the services provided by other HUG divisions, in particular the Endocrinology, Diabetology and Nutrition Division (for diabetes) and the Obesity Prevention and Care Program.
  • To offer psychoeducational expertise in patient therapeutic education to the HUG divisions responsible for the care of chronic diseases.

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