Evidence-Based Self-Management Programs

Managing Epilepsy Well Network Evidence-Based Programs

Evidence-based epilepsy self-management programs encourage a partnership among the patient, the friends and family who are part of the patient’s support system, and healthcare providers (HCPs) to optimize treatment, seizure management, and lifestyle management.

The intent is to increase the patient’s knowledge about epilepsy, improve communication between patients/caregivers and HCPs, support medication compliance, provide support and/or services during times of stress or depression, and develop skills for daily living that help reduce seizure risk. The programs below are part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Management Epilepsy Well network. 




The Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) Network is a team of people who care about people with epilepsy and their caregivers.

SMART: Self-Management for People with Epilepsy and a History of Negative Health Events is intended for adults with epilepsy, particularly those who belong to disadvantaged subgroups, those who are underinsured, and veterans with epilepsy.

HOBSCOTCH (Home Based Self-Management and Cognitive Training Changes Lives) is a telehealth-accessible behavioral program that targets memory and attention problems in adults with epilepsy.

PACES in Epilepsy (Program of Active Consumer Engagement in Self-Management) is a group program that utilizes a goal-oriented psychosocial curriculum to teach self-management and emotional coping strategies to adults with epilepsy.

Project UPLIFT (Using Practice and Learning to Increase Favorable Thoughts) is a group program that uses cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness to help low mood or depression in adults with epilepsy.